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Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)-or angioplasty-is a method of restoring blood flow to the heart muscle by reopening clogged arteries. This is done by inflating a tiny balloon at the site of the blockage and frequently placing a small metal device-called a stent-to hold the artery open.
The Yakima Heart Center introduced a brand new technology, angioplasty, to Yakima in 1982. Technology advancements for the procedure have made the procedure even more effective. Close to 200 emergency angioplasties are done at Virginia Mason Memorial each year. The hospital has highly trained staff and the latest technology to ensure patients have the best possible outcomes. Yakima Heart Center physicians perform over 90% of the angioplasties conducted in Yakima- continually raising their level of skill through experience.
Virginia Mason Memorial has two catheterization labs to perform PCI procedures.
At Virginia Mason Memorial, the median "door-to-balloon" time is 65 minutes -well below the 90-minute national standard.