A recent edition of Diagnostic & Invasive Cardiology published an article about the use of radial access as an alternative of cardiac care to increase patient comfort. Transradial artery access helps greatly reduce bleeding complications associated with femoral artery access.
“Complications are lower in almost all areas with radial access,” said Zoltan G. Turi, MD, Director of the Cooper Vascular Center. “I now do a majority of my cases radially.”
He mentioned his preference for radial access during a presentation on vascular closure during last falls Transcatheter Cardiovascular Theraputics presentation in San Francisco.
He said the wrist does not have any major structures to interfere with the artery puncture. There is also less risk of hemorrhage or aneurisms using the technique, he explained.