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Open Access The Transradial Approach for Cardiac Catheterization and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Review

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Cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention play an important role in the management of coronary artery disease. Although the transfemoral approach has been the traditionally dominant method, there has been an increased utilization of the transradial approach. Multiple observational studies and randomized clinical trials have shown fewer bleeding complications, reduced morbidity and mortality, improved quality of life, and better economic outcomes when the transradial approach is utilized when compared to the transfemoral approach. Despite its many benefits, utilization of this approach in certain countries including the United States has been less than optimal due to a lower adoption rates mostly driven by lack of training opportunities and decreased awareness of clinical benefits of the transradial approach. In this review, the history, observational trends, efficacy, and technical aspects of transradial cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention are discussed.

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Keywords: cardiac catheterization; percutaneous coronary intervention; transradial vascular access

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2016

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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