Accessing the heart through a blood vessel in the wrist
Transradial catheterization is a form of cardiac catheterization in which doctors use the radial artery, located in the wrist, as a pathway to diagnose and treat many conditions, including coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease. The advantages of the procedure include:
Less risk of bleeding
Our Interventional Cardiology Program is a national leader in this technique, and the doctors at MedStar Health use it in 80 percent or more of their cases — double the national average. Patients can recover in the hospital’s dedicated Radial Recovery Lounge after their procedures.
Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the aorta, the body’s largest artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in the United States.
A heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction (MI), requires emergency medical attention. A heart attack happens when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked.
Kawasaki disease is a rare condition that causes inflammation of the blood vessels and can result in heart disease.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when blood flow to the arms and legs is reduced due to narrowed or blocked arteries.
An angiogram is a special X-ray taken as a special dye is injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter to detect blockages or aneurysms in blood vessels.
Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and vascular conditions by guiding thin, flexible tubes called catheters through blood vessels to problem areas.
An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.
The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses X-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.
Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets, and computer technology used to create images of your heart and blood vessels.
Pulse volume recording tests are used to evaluate blood flow through the arteries in your arms or legs.
Stress tests are used to assess how your heart works during physical activity. There are several types of stress tests, including treadmill or bike stress tests, nuclear stress tests, stress echocardiograms and chemically induced stress tests.
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Interventional cardiology program
We have one of the highest volume heart catheterization programs in the mid-Atlantic region, averaging nearly 12,000 procedures annually.
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