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The Society for Coronary Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has emphasized the need for better training and education to learn transradial approach techniques.

The radial approach for coronary angiography, first reported in 1989 by Dr L Campeau in Montreal (Canada) and then adapted by others several years later for angioplasty, is now used in over 75 countries.

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to the Patient

« I have no concern if they use my wrist again to check my heart. »
- Laurent C, patient

Cardiac catheterization by the radial approach uses the arm artery to access the heart, as opposed to the traditional leg artery, or femoral artery. The reasons to do this are quite simple.

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A simple approach for the reduction of knotted coronary catheters during transradial coronary angiography
Zhang, D. Jia, E. Chen, J. Xu, L. Yang, Z. Li, C.

No abstract available

Prospective comparison of palpation versus ultrasound-guided radial access for cardiac catheterization
Zaremski, L. Quesada, R. Kovacs, M. Schernthaner, M. Uthoff, H.

BACKGROUND: Radial access is increasingly used for both diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures. Prospective data comparing ultrasound- versus palpation-guided radial …

Trends in Major Entry Site Complications from Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (from the Dynamic Registry)
Young, K. Earl, T. Selzer, F. Marroquin, O. C. Mulukutla, S. R. Cohen, H. A. Williams, D. O. Jacobs, A. Kelsey, S. F. Abbott, J. D.

Several factors contribute to the risk of percutaneous coronary intervention-related major entry site (MES) complications. We sought to examine the …

Comparison of short- and long-term outcome after percutaneous transluminal interventional therapy in octogenarians with coronary artery disease from radial or femoral approach
You, W. Ye, F. Chen, S. L. Zhang, J. J. Tian, N. L. Lin, S. Liu, Z. Z. Wang, R. Kan, J. Xu, T. Liu, L. L. Lin, L. Xu, H. M.

OBJECTIVE: To compare the short-term and long-term outcome after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) between transradial intervention (TRI) and transfemoral intervention …

Comparison of a safety strategy using transradial access and dual-axis rotational coronary angiography with transfemoral access and standard coronary angiography
Yasar, A. S. Perino, A. C. Dattilo, P. B. Casserly, I. P. Carroll, J. D. Messenger, J. C.

OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate the radiation exposure and contrast utilization associated with using a strategy of transradial access and …

Transradial access should be preferred in all patients with acute coronary syndrome? The game is not yet over
Yalcin, M. Atalay, M. Isilak, Z. Uz, O. Kardesoglu, E.

No abstract available

Stingray balloon used in slender percutaneous coronary intervention for chronic total occlusion
Wu, E. B. Ikari, Y.

Slender chronic total occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using 5 Fr radial Ikari catheter is possible in simple CTO …

Comparison of transradial versus transfemoral percutaneous coronary intervention in routine practice: evidence for the importance of “falsification hypotheses” in observational studies of comparative effectiveness
Wimmer, N. J. Resnic, F. S. Mauri, L. Matheny, M. E. Yeh, R. W.

No abstract available

Transradial intervention via large-bore guide catheters: a study of coronary bifurcation disease treatment using the crush technique
Williams, P. D. Eichhofer, J. Mamas, M. A. Arnous, S. Fath-Ordoubadi, F. Fraser, D.

Transradial access for coronary intervention significantly reduces vascular complications and may be associated with a reduced risk of major adverse …

Radial access as a default for PCI: too early to call
Waksman, R. Barbash, I. M.

No abstract available

Incidence and predictors of radial artery occlusion associated transradial catheterization
Tuncez, A. Kaya, Z. Aras, D. Yildiz, A. Gul, E. E. Tekinalp, M. Karakas, M. F. Kisacik, H. L.

In this study, we sought to assess the incidence and predictors of radial artery occlusion (RAO), which is a significant …

Retrieving a deformed stent during transradial intervention: An alternative femoral approach using guide catheter shortening
Trehan, V. K. Jain, G. Kathuria, S. Pandit, B. N.

Stent dislodgment during percutaneous coronary intervention is a rare complication. We report a case of successful retrieval of a deformed …

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Radiation Exposure Survey
October 10 2013
Radiation exposure survey from the University of Illinois at Chicago. By Mladen Vidovich, MD,  Department of Cardiology, University of Illinois at …

Transradial Access at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions
June 07 2013
Transradial coronary artery angiography was a major focus at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography Interventions (SCAI) 2013 Scientific Sessions. …

Pioneering Raleigh cardiologist Dr. Tift Mann hangs up his scrubs
December 12 2012
George Toler is on the table at the catheterization lab at Rex Hospital. He’s having the procedure to place a stent …

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