Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

The group of procedures used to treat plaque accumulated in the arteries of the heart is known as Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). PCI most often involves the precise placement of coronary stents to open blocked arteries.

At UNC, our first goal is always to prevent the progression of cardiovascular disease before stents become necessary. To that end, all our PCI specialists practice preventive cardiology first, carefully considering alternative therapies, including all available medicines.

In those cases where further treatment is called for, UNC provides our patients opportunities to take advantage of leading-edge treatments through clinical trials. These trials may involve the latest medications, the use of new stent technologies, or other significant treatment advances.

As coronary stents have proven themselves for their relative safety and effectiveness in the last ten years, their use has increased as the prevalence of the more invasive coronary bypass surgery has decreased. Stent procedures are performed through a catheter in the groin or wrist, generally last less than an hour, and most often allow patients to return home the following day.

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  • Coronary Angiography

  • Hemodynamic Assessment

  • Right-Heart Catheterization

  • Rotational Atherectomy


George Stouffer, MD
David Tate, MD

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Call the Heart & Vascular Center referral line at 866-862-4327 to find specialists, make an appointment or learn more about preventing heart disease.

Open Access is a new physician referral service, created by the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, which coordinates all admissions and transfers through a single phone call and guarantees immediate acceptance for patients. Please contact us to learn more or call 866-862-4327.

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