Transradial Coronary Artery Angioplasty

Transradial coronary angioplasty is a technique where ballooning and stenting of narrowed heart arteries is performed via a small puncture site at the wrist as compared to the traditional puncture site at the groin. The advantages of transradial coronary angioplasty are that it increases patient comfort, allows earlier ambulation and shortens hospital stay. Transradial coronary angioplasty (as compared to groin access) also reduces the risk of puncture site complications and bleeding, and thus reduces risk of adverse cardiovascular events.