Radial versus femoral access for the treatment of left main lesion in the era of second generation drug eluting stents : data from the FAILS 2 registry


BACKGROUND: Radial access for PCI has been proved to significantly reduce bleeding events and mortality as compared to femoral access. Femoral access is often preferred for complex procedures such as treatment of the left main coronary. Some technical limitations related to radial access (e.g. support of guiding catheters, size limitations) are feared to possibly increase the rate of precedural failures or thrombotic events at follow up. Diffusion of radial approach may increase the risk access-site complications when femoral route is chosen. Aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of the radial access in the treatment of left main lesions in the era of the second generation DES

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