Avera Medical Minute: Radial vs Femoral Artery Access 11/23/10 - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

Avera Medical Minute: Radial vs Femoral Artery Access 11/23/10

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Dr. Raymond Allen with North Central Heart. Dr. Raymond Allen with North Central Heart.

Cardiac catheterization is a less invasive way for treating coronary artery disease. Cardiologists often use catheters to place stents in patients to open blocked arteries in the heart.  Nancy Naeve Brown asked Dr. Raymond Allen with North Central Heart to explain a radial access stent procedure.

Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Raymond Allen with North Central Heart says, "Radial stent is basically referring to the access point to get into the arteries. What we are doing is putting a stent in the coronary artery in this particular case a bypass graft that was placed about 10 years ago where there is a narrowing. Radial refers to the radial artery which is the artery coming down and supplies your hand. It's our access point.

Q: What advantage is there using the radial artery versus the femoral artery or is there one?

A: There is a big debate going on right now on whether there is an advantage (between the two access points). The patients like it because it's a nice easy access point and avoids having to lay flat for a long period of time. It's also allows easy compressibility so we can compress and therefore have fewer bleeding complications relative to the leg particularly as people get bigger or have problems moving around.

Q: Who is a candidate for this?

A: Most people would be candidates for radial access. Sometimes in smaller individuals, the artery is of such a small caliber that is precludes access. >

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