Transradial Cardiac Catheterization: Fixing Your Heart by Holding Your Hand
Houston, TX - Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital offers an innovative heart procedure, that may be safer and more comfortable for patients, called transradial cardiac catheterization. This new technique allows access to a patient's heart through the wrist, instead of the groin.
Since minimally invasive cardiac catheterization was pioneered in the 1950s, the procedure has traditionally been performed by threading a thin tube through the femoral artery in the groin guided by X-rays toward the heart, using the circulatory system to clear blockages, deliver medication, and place stents.
However, numerous studies and clinical trials have proven that using blood vessels through an artery in the wrist, instead of an artery in the leg, offer many advantages.
“Inserting the catheter through the radial artery in the wrist, rather than through the groin, has been shown to markedly reduce major vascular complications,” said Rohit Bhuriya, M.D., an interventional cardiologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast. “Patients usually are able to sit up and walk around immediately after the procedure, rather than lying on their backs for many hours which was typical with the traditional method.” Continue>
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