Radial Access

Our cardiologists are performing heart catheterizations using the wrist. The technique is called radial artery access, and it offers patients some unique advantages.

Radial Artery Access Cardiac Catheterization

Radial artery access offers many benefits to our patients.

Each year, diagnostic and interventional cardiologists in the United States perform more than 1 million cardiac catheterizations. Traditionally, doctors begin this procedure at the upper leg area. They insert a thin plastic tube (catheter) into the femoral artery to provide a direct route to the heart.

Radial artery access takes a different route to the heart. A specially trained cardiologist begins the procedure at an artery in the wrist, called the radial artery. This procedure has become the preferred procedure for all patients. It is especially helpful for people who are obese or those with poor leg circulation.

Benefits of Radial Artery Access

A radial artery access cardiac catheterization offers many benefits for our patients, including:

  • A more comfortable, shorter recovery
  • Reduced risk of bleeding
  • Decreased chance of an overnight stay

Learn more about cardiac catheterization.