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Old 11-18-2008, 06:01 PM
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WASHINGTON ? The best path to a clogged heart may be through the wrist. About a million artery-clearing angioplasties are performed in the United States each year, and the usual route is to thread a tube to the heart through an artery in the groin.
Now a major study shows going through the wrist instead can significantly lower the risk of bleeding ? without the discomfort of lying flat for hours while the incision site seals up.
Just one in 100 angioplasties is done via the wrist, and the approach isn't for everyone. But Monday's study promises to spur more specialists to use the method.
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Dang, that would be great. I think the worst part of a heart cath for patients is having to lie still. My Dad had to lie still for 24 hours because they left the sheath in overnight and on into the OR for an art line.
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The laying still part is the part these patients HATE, universally. Wrist might be a better approach in terms of patient satisfaction too.
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One of our doctors uses the radial approach. So much easier to pull those sheaths and there is a wrist pressure device much better than the Fem stop could ever be.
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