Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Volume

The Cardiovascular Institute at BIDMC provides Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) to more than 1,000 patients each year.

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) encompasses a variety of procedures to treat patients with diseased arteries of the heart. Your heart's arteries can become narrowed from a build up of cholesterol, cells or other substances. Typically, PCI is performed by guiding a slender balloon tipped catheter (tube) from a small puncture in an artery in the groin or the wrist to the narrowed area in the artery in the heart.  The balloon is inflated inside the narrowed area widening the channel so that blood can flow more easily. This is commonly called coronary angioplasty. Often a stent (a metal mesh scaffold) is inserted during this procedure and left in place to prop open the artery. 

Volume of PCI Procedures

What are we measuring?

The number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) performed annually.

Why is this important?

The 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association/Society for Cardiac Angiography Guidelines for PCI notes that hospitals which perform 400 or more PCI procedures per year are more likely to have better outcomes.

What is our most recent performance?


Last Updated: January 2018