Reaching the Heart
Cardiac catheterization through the radial artery in the wrist is safer than going through the groin and gets patients on their feet quickly after their cath procedure.
For patients, radial catheterization means:
- less chance of complications, including from bleeding at the access site;
- avoiding catheterization through the femoral artery in the groin and thus the need to lie still for two to four hours with the site compressed after a procedure;
- greater chance of avoiding an inpatient stay in the hospital when undergoing a cardiac catheterization.
Find out more about radial catheterization:
Learn about this growing trend in performing angiograms and angioplasties—and the studies that show its advantages.