• SCAI Experts Answer Your Questions

     
     
     
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    Which patients are candidates for PCI?

    It is not possible to generalize about who should or shouldn’t undergo PCI, except in the case of patients experiencing a heart attack. If a heart attack is under way, PCI or cardiac bypass surgery are immediately considered as treatments to restore blood flow to the heart. For patients with stable (as opposed to acute) coronary artery disease, decisions about treatment options are based on patient medical history, current health status and how satisfied – or dissatisfied – the patient is about the limitations the disease imposes on his or her desired lifestyle.