The Particulars: PCI-related technology has advanced significantly in recent years. However, current data on PCI-related complications is lacking.

Data Breakdown: For a study, investigators analyzed data from more than 2 million procedures in adults who underwent PCI between 2005 and 2010. The overall complication rate for PCI was 7.4% during the study period, with a 1.2% in-hospital mortality rate. The most common complications were:

Complication

Rate

Vascular issues

2.0%

Cardiac issues

1.8%

Respiratory failure

1.6%

Postoperative stroke

1.1%

Infectious issues

0.7%

Postoperative DVT

0.4%

Renal/metabolic issues

0.2%

Take Home Pearls: The rate of PCI-related complications appears to be low. The most common complications after PCI appear to be cardiac and vascular in nature.