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Radial Access Cardiac Catheterization

Saint Joseph Heart Care - Changing the Standard of Heart and Vascular Care

Heart catheterization is a procedure commonly used to diagnose and treat heart disease. Each year, more than 1 million heart catheterizations are performed in the United States, and most of them go through the groin to gain access to the arteries that lead to the heart.

Radial access heart catheterization, which goes through the wrist, is a safer alternative to the groin approach. Advantages to this procedure include: 

  • Better outcomes, faster discharge and recovery
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Patients can sit up and walk within minutes of their procedure
  • Improved comfort for obese patients, patients with peripheral artery disease and patients with back problems

The physicians with Saint Joseph Heart Care are the first in the region to use the radial access heart catheterization as a standard of care for patients with heart disease. It's our goal to provide better access and better outcomes for our patients, resulting in an exceptional patient experience.