Last updated: March 24. 2014 6:12PM - 1001 Views
By Heather Rutz hrutz@civitasmedia.com

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LIMA — The cath lab at Lima Memorial Health System now offers Radial Artery Cardiac Catheterization.

Radial caths are done through a small puncture site in the radial artery, located in the wrist area. For decades, the most commonly used entry point to for catheter-based procedures has been the femoral artery in the groin, but medical centers throughout the country have switched to the radial artery. The technique reduces recovery time and bleeding and may provide a less stressful option for patients who need the procedure.

The first radial procedure at Lima Memorial was performed by Heart Institute of Northwest Ohio cardiologist Dr. Masroor Abro.

Tonya Smith, the first radial patient at Lima Memorial, said the procedure helped her return to daily activities faster than with traditional catheterization.

“I saw my father have multiple caths and lay in bed for several hours afterward. I had one (radial) and was able to get upright. I would not have it any other way now that I have experienced this,” Smith said.

Major studies have shown that the radial artery is as successful as the femoral artery approach and has lower rates of bleeding and other complications. The radial approach is more challenging for the physician because of the difference in artery size. Not as many interventional cardiologists in the U.S. have been trained in the technique.

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