Percutaneous coronary interventions are life-saving methods for many patients presenting with coronary or cardiac disease. Meticulous technique and attention to detail are of utmost importance. Many patients present with complex anatomy, difficult clinical scenarios, or challenging problems. In this lecture, Dr. Ragosta describes the risk factors, complications, and therapeutic responses that can occur during PCI.

Course Details

In this course, you will learn:
  • To identify complications that are unique to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and to enumerate techniques to avoid those complications.
  • To explain the incidence and severity of potential complications of PCI.
  • To describe the pathology and imaging findings of coronary perforations and dissections
  • To define the causes and treatment of cardiac tamponade complicating PCI.

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.

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Estimated time to Complete: 60 minutes
Credit/contact hours: 1
Expiration date: March 7, 2021
Publication date: March 8, 2018

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Course Author

Michael Ragosta III, MD

Professor of Medicine/Cardiology

Dr. Michael Ragosta is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology. 
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DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.