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Coronary angioplasty

Current definition

ACC

December 2018

Coronary angioplasty – with specified treatment

The undergoing of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to correct narrowing or blockages of the left main stem artery, or two or more main coronary arteries. PCI is defined as any therapeutic intra-arterial catheter procedure including balloon angioplasty and stenting.

The surgeries must have been carried out on the advice of a consultant cardiologist. Two coronary angioplasty procedures performed in different arteries at different times is covered.

For the purposes of this definition the main coronary arteries are:

  • right coronary artery or its branches;
  • left main stem artery or its branches;
  • left anterior descending artery or its branches; and
  • circumflex artery or its branches.
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We've widened the definition to now cover any type of PCI treatment, not just a specified list.

Previous definitions

ACC

October 2017

We now cover:

Two coronary angioplasty procedures to different arteries at different times

A single coronary lesion of the left main stem.

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Coronary angioplasty - with specified treatment

The undergoing of any of the following:

  • balloon angioplasty;
  • atherectomy;
  • rotablation;
  • laser treatment; or
  • insertion of stents.

The above surgeries must have been carried out on the advice of a consultant cardiologist to treat coronary artery disease in two or more main coronary arteries or a single coronary lesion of the left main stem.

Two coronary angioplasty procedures performed in different arteries at different times is covered.

For the purposes of this definition the main coronary arteries are:

  • right coronary artery or its branches;
  • left main stem artery or its branches;
  • left anterior descending artery or its branches; and
  • circumflex artery or its branches.