PCI within 90 minutes of arrival at the hospital - Graph and Details

PCI or percutaneous coronary intervention is a means by which a catheter is inserted into the artery of a patient who is suspected of having a heart attack and the presence and location of a blockage to the heart can be determined. If this procedure is done quickly, and a blockage identified, blood flow to the heart can be restored—often through surgery. The more quickly this is done (under 90 minutes) the risk of significant heart damage decreases as does the risk of death. If this procedure is done within 90 minutes of arrival at the hospital, studies have shown the outcomes for patients are better.