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Cardiac Catheterization


  During a cardiac catheterization, a catheter is inserted into an artery or vein and threaded through the blood vessels to the heart. The interventional cardiologist can perform diagnostic tests, such as coronary angiography and ultrasound, through the catheter, to determine if and where there are blockages that impede the flow of blood to the heart muscle. The cardiologist is also able to perform treatment procedures through the catheter, such as angioplasty and stenting, to open a blocked artery.

Until recently, all cardiac catheterizations were conducted through a puncture to the femoral artery in the groin. And while the transfemoral approach is still the standard of care for many patients, an alternative procedure is now available. In 2012, Holy Name Medical Center became the first hospital in Bergen County, NJ, to offer radial catheterization through the wrist, affording considerable benefits to patients for whom this method is recommended.

For certain patients, including those who are obese, women and the elderly, and patients with peripheral vascular disease, transradial access provides documented reductions in bleeding complications, less back pain, quicker recovery and improved patient outcomes overall. Many patients treated through the wrist are able to sit up and walk almost immediately after the procedure, as opposed to having to lie still for four-to-six hours. As a result, transradial cardiac catheterization patients may be more likely to be discharged from the hospital earlier than those treated via transfemoral access.

There has been growing interest among medical professionals in the United States to learn the transradial technique as a way to reduce complications, shorten hospital stays and improve patient satisfaction.
 

 



At Holy Name, our cardiovascular services are nationally recognized and feature revolutionary technology, including a state-of-the-art cardiac cath lab, and board- certified cardiologists.