Features February 2013 Issue

Radial Angioplasty Proves Challenging, but Effective

Inserting a catheter in the forearm instead of the leg requires more time and greater physician expertise.

When the decision is made to insert a catheter into a coronary artery and place a stent to open up that narrowed blood vessel, the entry point for the catheter is usually the femoral artery in the groin. But in recent years, doctors at Cleveland Clinic starting offering patients another option: the radial artery in the forearm.

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