Advances in Interventional Cardiology Radial Artery Patency After Transradial Catheterization

Abstract

The transradial approach to cardiac catheterization has many advantages over the transfemoral approach and is increasingly being used for both diagnostic coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The technique is associated with fewer vascular access complications1–3 and has been shown to reduce major bleeding when compared with the femoral approach.4 Patients prefer the radial approach and score higher on quality-of-life questionnaires after transradial catheterization.3,5 Radial access allows for earlier patient ambulation and same-day hospital discharge in PCI patients4–6 and is associated with decreased cost.5,7,8

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Citation
Cardiovascular Interventions. 2012; 5: 127-133