What is Protected Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)?
Protected PCI is a heart procedure using a mechanical circulatory support device that acts like a pump to help decrease complications and improve survival of patients with complex coronary anatomy.
Why Protected PCI?
Protected PCI is important in patients with complex disease of the coronary arteries. Often patients require longer and more technical procedures that require advanced techniques to help diminish complications and improve procedural success. The Impella heart pump helps ensure blood flow is maintained to critical organs such as the brain and kidneys during a PCI procedure so a PCI can be safely performed.
Complex coronary interventions require a multidisciplinary and heart team approach. At St. Joseph Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center in Orange County, patients presenting with complex coronary anatomy are evaluated for both approaches. In patients who are not appropriate candidates for open heart surgery, percutaneous coronary intervention can be safely performed.
Dr. Kolski and the team at St. Joseph Hospital perform many high risk coronary interventions every year. Dr. Kolski is on the national faculty for the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Dr. Kolski trains physicians on advanced intervention techniques and partners with members of the medical industry to help devise new techniques and advancements to improve the safety of high-risk coronary interventions. Dr. Kolski is involved in several clinical trials using cutting edge research to help the sickest and patients with most complex health issues.
Who we treat
Protected PCIs are generally performed on patients deemed too high risk for coronary artery bypass surgery or stents. Often these patients have coronary artery disease—a prevalent, disabling condition in many adults—and arrive to the emergency department because of a heart attack, heart failure, or angina.
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Additional Cardiology Services
Dr. Kolski is a highly skilled, nationally recognized cardiologist providing patients in Orange Country with world class heart care services
Dr. Kolski performs over 200 structural heart interventions a year and travels throughout the U.S., educating physicians on vascular techniques and Complex Higher-Risk (and Indicated) Patients. He directs the structural heart program at St. Joseph Hospital—the busiest catheter-based heart valve program in Orange County.
Procedures Since 2014
Complex Coronary Interventions
Limb Salvage Procedures