Heart and Vascular Care
Transradial Cardiac Catheterization
Sharp offers transradial cardiac catheterization as an alternative to the traditional procedure — in which doctors insert a catheter through the femoral or brachial artery located in the groin — for a variety of diagnoses and treatments. With transradial catheterization, a small artery in the wrist (the radial artery) is accessed and the catheter is inserted at that point, then threaded to the heart and its chambers.
The transradial catheterization procedure offers the same tests as other catheterization techniques, such as coronary angiography, as well as some of the same treatment procedures including coronary angioplasty. However, it may be preferable for many patients - especially those with lower back pain, arthritis, obesity, peripheral vascular disease or individuals with a higher risk of bleeding.
Benefits of transradial cardiac catheterization.
- Easier access to the circulation
- Less risk of trauma to adjacent nerves and blood vessels — resulting in less pain
- Lower risk of complications
- Shorter recovery and evaluation
To learn more about transradial cardiac catheterization at Sharp Memorial Hospital, call 858-939-4680, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, to speak with a cardiovascular nurse.
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