What is Radial Artery Catheterization?Cardiac catheterization is most commonly performed by entering the circulatory system through a blood vessel in the groin (the femoral artery). However, the procedure is also performed through the radial artery which courses through the wrist.
Catheterization Through The Radial Artery Has Several Advantages:
- Patient comfort is high and as the entry site is at the wrist, patients are able to sit up and walk immediately after the procedure. Patients having their procedures via the femoral artery approach will often require up to six hours of bed rest. As result, there are fewer issues with back discomfort and patients are able to eat comfortably after their procedure.
- Patients who are scheduled for same day discharge can be discharged earlier than if their procedure was performed through the femoral approach since the post-procedure recovery is shorter.
- The radial approach is safer than the femoral approach for the majority of patients undergoing cardiac catheterization. The radial artery being smaller and very close to the skin, bleeding is significantly reduced compared to the femoral approach.