Chapter 1

A patient-centered approach

Know when you can perform PCI (and when you can’t). In this chapter, you’ll review the crucial factors that you’ll need to consider when deciding whether to perform PCI.
6 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 2

Getting back to basics

In this chapter, you’ll refresh your knowledge of coronary anatomy, learn how to choose the best angiographic view, and learn to assess lesion severity and characteristics.
  • Reviewing coronary anatomy
  • Identifying lesion severity
  • Diagnosing special lesion types
  • Making a plan
  • Getting back to basics quiz
5 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 3

Basic tools of the trade

Review the equipment used in performing a PCI. From selecting a guide catheter to choosing your coronary stent, this chapter will cover the essential kit needed to perform PCI.
  • Selecting a guide catheter
  • Selecting a guidewire
  • Selecting a balloon
  • Choosing a coronary stent
  • Using miscellaneous kit
  • Basic tools of the trade quiz
6 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 4

Performing percutaneous coronary intervention

It’s showtime! This chapter will help you master the PCI procedure, guiding you step-by-step through the process so you can learn to perform a PCI yourself.
  • Obtaining femoral artery access
  • Accessing the radial artery
  • Troubleshooting radial access
  • Seating the guide catheter
  • Wiring the lesion
  • Loading a balloon and pre-dilatation
  • Selecting a stent
  • Positioning a stent
  • Deploying a stent and post-dilatation
  • Assessing success
  • Removing arterial sheaths safely
  • Performing percutaneous coronary intervention quiz
12 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 5

Assessing intermediate lesions

Figure out your next steps. Here, you’ll learn how to assess lesion significance using physiological measurements when it is unclear if there is a problem with coronary flow.
  • Defining an intermediate lesion
  • Using a pressure wire
  • Performing a pressure wire study
  • Assessing intermediate lesions quiz
4 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 6

Complex lesions

Some lesions will leave you scratching your head. This chapter covers more challenging situations like bifurcations, left main stem disease, calcified lesions, and vein graft PCI.
  • Dealing with branches and bends
  • Performing provisional stenting and T and protrusion
  • Utilizing the proximal optimization technique and kissing balloons
  • Employing dedicated bifurcation techniques
  • Managing calclfied vessels
  • Evaluating left main stem disease
  • Defining and treating a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO)
  • Complex lesions quiz
8 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 7

Common procedural complications

What do you do when things go pear-shaped? In this chapter, you’ll cover the immediate intracoronary complications of PCI and how to deal with them.
  • Recognizing and treating acute no-reflow
  • Managing acute side branch occlusion
  • Classifying and managing coronary dissection
  • Classifying and managing coronary perforation
  • Dealing with stent loss
  • Managing arterial access complications
  • Using the miscellaneous kit
  • Common procedural complications quiz
8 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 8

Post-procedure monitoring

In this final chapter, you’ll look at post-procedural care, hemostasis, identifying major post-PCI complications, and monitoring patients' ongoing medical treatment.
  • Caring for patients post-intervention
  • Treating post-intervention hypotension
  • Evaluating for visual or neurologic complications
  • Discharging patients on the appropriate medical therapy
  • Post-procedure monitoring quiz
  • Percutanteous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Essentials outro
6 Lessons, 1 Quiz