Unclogging Heart Arteries Through Wrist Becoming More Popular
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- According to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, more U.S. doctors are unclogging heart arteries by entering through the radial artery in the wrist; a procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Doctors have found that the PCI procedure causes less bleeding complications than the traditional route through the groin.
For the study, researchers examined data of almost three million artery-opening procedures in 1,381 centers in 2007 through 2012. They found that doctors used the radial artery to reach the heart in less than one out of every 50 PCI procedures and by the end of the study, nearly one out of every six PCIs was performed through a radial artery in the wrist.
For more information go to: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/127/23/2295.full?sid=0b5c7cc7-ec44-4cb5-b173-d29932f49262
SOURCE: Circulation, June 2013
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