Clearing a clogged or blocked heart artery once required open-heart surgery. Then along came the less invasive catheterization procedures which cut down recovery time from weeks to days. Now, the latest approach has patients spending only one to two hours in the hospital.
Accessing the heart through the radial artery in the wrist, instead of the femoral artery in the groin is a growing practice as more hospitals become fitted with the required equipment.
CoxHealth Cardiology Branson provides this specialized catheter-based procedure to treat a wide variety of heart and vascular diseases.
Why radial vs. femoral?
- The femoral artery can be difficult to access in overweight patients.
- More comfortable
- Results in lower infection rates
- Less bleeding and bruising
- Provides for a faster recovery
- Reduces the amount of time spent in the hospital
Why wasn’t the radial approach used earlier?
The early equipment for balloon angioplasties and stents was too large to use in the smaller radial artery. The development of smaller, easier to manipulate, better designed catheters and stents makes radial approach possible for most catheter-based procedures.
Can the radial approach be used on all patients?
Each patient must be evaluated individually to determine the most appropriate strategy.
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