Tampa, FL — Memorial Hospital of Tampa announces that it now offers life-saving cardiac PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) services.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as angioplasty, PCTA or balloon angioplasty, is a procedure used to treat narrow coronary arteries of the heart. Board-Certified Interventional Cardiologists can now perform elective and emergency PCI procedures at Memorial Hospital to better serve our community. If a patient is experiencing a heart attack, Memorial Hospital is prepared to open the blocked artery with the goal of restoring blood flow to the open heart muscle within 60 minutes of the patient’s arrival to the hospital.

“I am extremely pleased and excited to offer immediate emergency angioplasty and stenting, eliminating treatment delays to the South Tampa community,” stated Sonia Wellman, CEO. “This is part of our continued expansion of programs and services to ensure our community has access to high quality care, delivered safely and efficiently.”

Nearly half of all Americans (48 percent, or 121.5 million in 2016) have some type of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association’s 2019 Update of Heart and Stroke Statistics.

It remains the number one killer of all Americans, claiming more than 840,000 lives in 2016. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four Americans suffers from heart disease each year. Interventions available through Memorial Hospital’s PCI and Advanced Primary Stroke Center services can save lives and reduce the extent of damage.