The Way to the Heart May Be the Wrist, Weill Cornell Medical College Shows

Published: Jun 11, 2013

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In the last six years interventional cardiologists have dramatically increased their use of a new technique to send catheters to the heart for their procedures, though still only a small percentage of procedures are performed using the new approach. Instead of puncturing a hole in the femoral artery in the groin and snaking a catheter to theheart they are using the much-smaller radial artery in the wrist. They are making this change in the hope of reducing bleeding and other complications.

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