Angioplasty (PCI) mortality: all cause
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
This measure tracks the percentage of patients in 2012 who had a PCI and died in hospital.
Note: In this case, a lower number is better.