After a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as coronary angioplasty, patients typically spend several hours in the hospital for recovery and monitoring. During this time, healthcare providers will monitor vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure, and ensure that the patient is able to breathe, eat, and move comfortably.
Long-term management after PCI may involve lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and not smoking, as well as medications to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other risk factors for heart disease. Follow-up appointments with a healthcare provider are also important to monitor progress and make adjustments to treatment as needed.
It's important for patients to follow their healthcare provider's instructions carefully and to communicate any concerns or symptoms during the recovery process. With proper care and management, many people are able to return to their normal activities and enjoy a good quality of life after PCI.