Radial Versus Femoral Access Is Associated With Reduced Complications and Mortality in Patients With Non–ST-Segment–Elevation Myocardial Infarction


Background—Compared with transfemoral access, transradial access (TRA) for percutaneous coronary intervention is associated with reduced risk of bleeding and vascular complications. Studies suggest that TRA may reduce mortality in patients with ST-segment–elevation myocardial infarction. However, there are few data on the effect of TRA on mortality, specifically, in patients with non–ST-segment–elevation myocardial infarction.

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Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. 2014; 7: 456-464