Excellent Procedural Success Seen With Left Distal Access of Radial Artery

Abstract

PARIS, France—Left distal access of the radial artery can be safely and successfully performed in patients undergoing coronary angiography and PCI, with investigators reporting a low rate of complications and few crossovers.

Using this approach, the researchers achieved near-perfect procedural success and reported no access-site complications, including no radial artery occlusions. Seung-Hwan Lee, MD (Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, South Korea), who presented the data at EuroPCR 2018, said the study suggests left distal access is a “viable route for coronary angiography and PCI for experienced radial operators.”

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