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Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Health First provides cardiac related treatment options to treat narrowing or blocked vessels.

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) - PCI is also known as Coronary Angioplasty. PCI is a non-surgical procedure used to reestablish the blood flow of narrow or blocked arteries that feed the heart. PCI can assist in the reduction of or eliminate the symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD), which is the result of atherosclerosis; a buildup of plaque on the inner walls of arteries. PCI can also reduce a variety of other cardiac symptoms, such as chest pains, shortness of breath, and damage done to the heart from a heart attack.

PCI is performed by inserting a small balloon tipped tube called a catheter into an affected artery via groin or arm. When the catheter reaches the narrow or blocked area the balloon is then inflated to reopen or widen the artery, allowing the blood to flow more easily. The majority of the time, this procedure is accompanied by an insertion of a metal stent. A stent is a wire mesh tube that is left in the artery to prevent the artery from closing again. This lifesaving procedure has vastly improved the outcomes for patients who would have otherwise required cardiac bypass surgery.

Health First offers PCI procedures to residents in central and southern Brevard County at Cape Canaveral Hospital and Holmes Regional Medical Center. For a physician referral, call 1-800-549-3884 or email us at

For a physician referral, call 1-800-549-3884 or email us at