What is radial access cardiac catheterization?
During a radial access cardiac catheterization your cardiologist uses the artery in your wrist as an access point instead of an artery in your leg or groin. Radial access allows your cardiologist to perform the same diagnostic and life-saving procedures as traditional heart catheterization with the advantage of a faster recovery.
Can coronary ballooning and/or stenting be performed using radial access?
Yes. When necessary, the cardiologist can perform the same interventional procedures using radial access that can be performed using femoral artery access.
How is recovery different?
Radial access patients have faster recovery times, less discomfort and fewer complications. Patients can sit-up and walk immediately following their heart catheterization procedure. Traditional access patients must lay flat for to up to six hours.
Is radial access right for you?
Most patients are eligible for radial access heart catheterizations. The cardiologist will perform a simple test in the office to make sure the arteries of the wrists are functioning normally and are large enough for the catheters.