Coronary intervention: radial artery access comes of age


It has taken a quarter of a century for the level of evidence supporting radial artery access, rather than femoral access, for cardiac intervention to reach that of common pharmaceutical interventions, such as antiplatelet therapy in acute coronary syndrome. Historically, small trials and meta-analyses seemed to suggest that radial compared with femoral access reduced bleeding complications related to access site.3 However, early uptake of the radial technique (ie, during 1993–2003) among interventional cardiologists was slow for several reasons.

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Jolly SS, Mehta S. Lancet 2015;385:2437–39.