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SCAI Paper Highlights Best Practices For Diagnosing And Treating Blocked Arteries Via The Wrist
Date:10/23/2013

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) published a first-of-its-kind paper defining best practices for the use of the transradial approach for diagnosing and treating blocked heart arteries, which involves accessing the arteries via an artery in the wrist. Published online in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI), the recommendations aim to ensure high-quality patient care as transradial access becomes the preferred technique for catheter-based procedures. Studies show a decreased risk for bleeding and vascular complications, increased patient satisfaction and reduced costs when the transradial approach is used.

During interventional cardiology procedures such as stopping a heart attack or testing for potential blockages (angiography), invasive/interventional cardiologists thread a slender tube (catheter) through an artery (traditionally in the upper leg) to reach the area they will treat or evaluate.  Between 2007 and 2011, the use of the transradial (wrist-entry) approach for these procedures increased nearly ten-fold in the United States. As its popularity continues to increase, so does the need for best practices that equip physicians and institutions with tools and information to guide patient care.

"While there are a number of benefits to transradial over transfemoral approaches, there are risks associated with any procedure. By emphasizing proper training and highlighting best practices, we aim to ensure that patients receive the advantages of this approach while minimizing any potential complications," said Sunil V. Rao, M.D., FSCAI, Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University and lead author of the consensus statement.

In developing this statement, SCAI focused on three core areas to guide physicians: ·Best practices for a
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