Different approaches to cardiac catheterization

Different approaches to cardiac catheterizationCardiac catheterization involves threading a thin flexible tube through a blood vessel to the heart. In general, this procedure is done to get information about the heart or its blood vessels, or to provide treatment in certain types of heart conditions, such as angioplasty to open blocked vessels. In the United States, about 97 percent of cardiac catheterizations are done by inserting the catheter into the femoral artery, a large vessel that pulsates in the groin.

Challenging this traditional groin approach is a technique called transradial cardiac catheterization, which uses the radial artery, a small artery at the base of the thumb, according to the latest edition of The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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