Angioplasty (PCI) mortality: procedure & non-procedure related deaths
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as angioplasty, is a procedure used to treat patients with diseased (narrowed or blocked) arteries in the heart. Arteries in the heart are also known as the coronary arteries. PCI is performed to widen the diseased coronary arteries to allow blood to flow more freely through the heart alleviating chest pain (angina) and/or minimizing heart muscle damage during an acute heart attack. PCI is also referred to as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). The number and severity of pre-existing illnesses, procedures, and surgeries a patient has had may be a reflection of their overall health. Better overall health may decrease the risk of complications, including death, after a PCI. Also, a doctor’s proficiency in performing PCI may help to prevent complications. Therefore, a patient’s overall health and a doctor’s proficiency in performing PCI may be contributing factors to whether or not a patient develops complications, including death.
About this measure
Mortality rate is the statistical measure of the number of people who die. PCI mortality rate tracks the number of PCI patients who died in the hospital out of every 100 patients who had a PCI procedure. This mortality rate reflects all who underwent a PCI and died in the hospital, even if the death was not related to the PCI. The second graph shows the trend over time for this measure.
Note: In this case, a lower number is better.