What is the Difference between PTCA and PCI? 

Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) essentially refer to the procedure of widening a narrowed coronary artery.

PTCA, commonly referred to as angioplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure used to open narrowed or blocked coronary arteries 

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PTCA (Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty) 

* Catheter Insertion. * Balloon Inflation. * Balloon Deflation and Stent Placement (optional).


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PTCA is primarily used to relieve the symptoms of CAD, such as chest pain (angina), by improving blood flow to the heart muscle.


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PCI is a broader term that encompasses various percutaneous procedures used to treat coronary artery disease. 

PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) 

* Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA) * Stent Placement * Atherectomy * Thrombectomy


When you consider the difference between PCI and PTCA, PCI is a broader term encompassing various techniques, and the specific purpose can vary depending on the procedure performed.


To summarize, while PTCA (angioplasty) is a specific procedure aimed at widening narrowed coronary arteries, PCI is a broader term that includes various techniques to treat coronary artery disease. 


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