Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

More than 1 million PCIs are performed annually in the United States, and an estimated 33% of patients undergoing PCI are women.1,2 Compared with men, women undergoing PCI are 5 years older and have higher prevalences of hypertension, diabetes, and other comorbidities.3-5 They are less likely to have had a history of MI, PCI, or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). At the time of PCI, they have less multivessel disease and are more likely to present with unstable angina.3-5 Unlike men, they require more urgent procedures and are more likely to have rotational atherectomy. Paradoxically, given their higher risk profile, women tend to have similar lesion types, less multivessel disease, and more preserved left ventricular (LV) function than men.3-5 However,

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