WHAT IS TAVI?
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as coronary angioplasty, is a nonsurgical technique for treating obstructive coronary artery disease.
The procedure consists in using a thin flexible tube, known as a catheter, inserted into an artery. The catheter integrates a balloon which is inflated to dilate the narrowed artery. Most of the time, a small structure, called a stent, is put in place to keep the artery open at the right diameter.
PCI improves blood flow, thus decreasing heart-related chest pain, making the patient feels better and increasing his ability to be active.
This procedure lengths from 45 minutes to 2 hours on average, and patients are up and about within a few hours of their procedure. Most patients only need to stay one night in hospital.