Transradial Cardiac Catheterization
Safer - Less Invasive
The cardiovascular team at Good Samaritan Hospital now offers the Transradial
Cardiac Catherization Program. The team has performed over 400 transradial
procedures with excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction. The procedure
is safe and patient-friendly with few limitations and low complication rates.
Cardiac catheterization performed through the radial artery at the wrist
offers a safe, effective and elegant alternative to the traditional femoral
approach. Catheters are now smaller in diameter and covered with a slippery
coating which reduces vessel wall irritation that leads to spasm. In addition,
the preemptive use of anti-spasm medications and blood thinners to prevent
artery occlusion just after entering the vessel has become a standard
part of the procedure. Damage to the radial artery is an exceedingly rare
event. Of 650,000 transradial procedures performed annually around the
world, there has only been one case report in the literature of radial
artery occlusion resulting in hand ischemia (decreased blood flow to the
hand), which was treated successfully.
And because the radial artery is much smaller, the wound heals faster.
Get Back To Normal, Faster
Transradial catheterization has a major impact on decreasing the rate of
complications as it almost completely eliminates the potential for bleeding.
This is the primary advantage of this technique. Patient groups that derive
the most benefit are the elderly, those with acute heart attacks, and
those receiving additional blood-thinning medications. Decreased complication
rates lead to shorter hospital stays. Another major advantage of transradial
catheterization is patient comfort. After traditional transfemoral approach,
patients have to lay flat for up to six hours to prevent bleeding. This
may be especially problematic in elderly patients with arthritis, chronic
back pain, benign prostatic hypertrophy or severe congestive heart failure.
In contrast, transradial catheterization obviates any need to remain confined
to a bed after the procedure; patients may get up and walk right away.
For more information call (213) 977- 2239.
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