Angioplasty (PCI) volume

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).

PCI is a relatively common procedure that requires proficiency. Higher volumes have been associated with better outcomes.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of PCI procedures the hospital performed. The second graph shows the trend over time for this measure. There is no national or local data available to compare to our volume, so the data is presented without comparison. 

Most Recent Available Data (Number)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 92
Performance Trend (Number)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 70 58 77 73 74 87 91 92
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,