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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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Radial approach for patients with ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome: it is definitely the best access site
Zhang YJ, Xu B, Serruys PW, Bourantas CV, Iqbal J, Muramatsu T, Li MH, Ye F, Tian NL, Garcia-Garcia HM, Chen SL

Transradial approach for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has been widely accepted since its introduction by Kiemeneij and Laarman in 1993. …

Dedicated radial ventriculography pigtail catheter
Vidovich MI

A new dedicated cardiac ventriculography catheter was specifically designed for radial and upper arm arterial access approach. Two catheter configurations …

Successful expansion of an underexpanded stent by rotational atherectomy
Vales L, Coppola J, Kwan T

The current routine use of intracoronary stents in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has significantly reduced rates of restenosis, compared with …

Successful angioplasty for radial artery chronic total occlusion in a patient with digital gangrene
Tasal A, Bacaksiz A, Erdogan E, Goktekin O

Critical hand ischemia caused by chronic occlusive arterial disease is an uncommon condition. Diabetes mellitus and chronic renal insufficiency are …

Forearm approach for percutaneous coronary procedures
Stajic Z, Romanovic R, Tavciovski D

This article gives contemporary review on the forearm approach for percutaneous diagnostic and interventional coronary procedures. Advantages and disadvantages as …

A case of acute brachial artery occlusion after transradial coronary intervention
Sang Z, Jin H, Liu Z

In 2010, a 49-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with chest pain. Angiography via the radial approach was performed. …

Radiation exposure in different cardiac catheterization procedures in cath lab
Noor-ul-Hadi, Gul AM, Fazal-Ghafoor, Shah ST, Wali A, Shah SJ, Shah SS, Ali S, Said R, Kashifulla, Ashraf A, Hafizullah M

BACKGROUND: Interventional procedures render cardiologolists and their team members to high doses of radiations. This study was conducted to assess …

Radial pseudoaneurysm following trans-radial coronary angiography
Mittal SR

A case of pseudoaneurysm of right radial artery following transradial coronary angiography is reported. Adequate hemostasis is the key to …

Let’s not abandon transfemoral intervention just yet
Lee MS

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) continues to be refined with improvements in pharmacotherapy, technique, and device technology, making it safer and …

Predictors of radial artery size in patients undergoing cardiac catheterization: insights from the Good Radial Artery Size Prediction (GRASP) study
Kotowycz MA, Johnston KW, Ivanov J, Asif N, Almoghairi AM, Choudhury A, Nagy CD, Sibbald M, Chan W, Seidelin PH, Barolet AW, Overgaard CB, Dzavik V

BACKGROUND: Radial artery occlusion occurs after transradial cardiac catheterization or percutaneous coronary intervention. Although use of a sheath larger than …

Ultrasound-guided thrombin injection in the treatment of iatrogenic arterial pseudoaneurysms: single-center experience
Kleczynski P, Rakowski T, Dziewierz A, Jakala J, Dudek D

The aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of ultrasound-guided percutaneous thrombin injection for the treatment …

Experience with transradial approach in roentgenoendovascular interventions on coronary arteries
Khachaturov AA, Khovalkin RG, Tsygankov VN, Goncharov AI, Varava AB

OBJECTIVE: To assess efficacy of the transradial approach and to evaluate possibility of its wide application for coronary interventions as …

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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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