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St. Joseph's Heart & Vascular Institute offers radial artery access in cardiac procedures involving cardiac catheterization. This provides several benefits including less discomfort and less time in the hospital.
During cardiac procedures involving cardiac catheterization, doctors thread a long, thin tube (called a catheter) through an artery or vein in the leg or arm and into the heart. This gives the doctor access to the arteries in the heart.
Unlike traditional cardiac catheterization, radial artery access involves inserting the catheter into the patient's radial artery, which is in the wrist rather than the femoral artery in the patient's groin. This approach has several benefits:
During a radial artery access procedure, patients can expect:
Radial artery access is not available to all patients or for all procedures. To be considered a candidate, patients must:
If you are in need of a cardiac catheterization procedure, talk to your doctor to find out if you may be a candidate for a radial artery access procedure.