Features September 2013 Issue

More Cardiac Catheterization Procedures Starting from the Wrist

Access through the radial artery in the forearm leads to fewer bleeding complications.

For many years, doctors performing cardiac catheterization procedures started with an incision in the upper thigh and the placement of a catheter in the femoral artery. But in recent years, more doctors are using the radial artery in the wrist and forearm to gain access to the heart.

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