Ocala Health May 18, 2017

Ocala, FL - Ocala Health offers transradial cardiac catheterization and coronary intervention at its Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital cardiac catheterization laboratories. Historically, most cardiac catheterizations have been performed using the femoral artery, which is a large artery located in the groin area. However, these same procedures can most often also be performed through the smaller radial artery in the wrist. This modern radial access technique offers several benefits to patients undergoing cardiac catheterization procedures: increased patient comfort during recovery without the need to lay flat for several hours after the procedure; shortened recovery time and hospital stay; and reduced bleeding complications. Ocala Health's hospitals continue to offer a variety of access options. Patients should speak with their provider about the best access type for them.

"In my practice, the majority of heart catheterizations I perform are through radial access. Doing so, my patients enjoy a much easier and shorter recovery, and I feel confident in being able to send my patients home the same day, without the worry of bleeding complications," says Jigar Patel, MD, interventional cardiologist at Ocala Health. "Unfortunately, bleeding complications can be disastrous and even life-threatening, so to reduce the likelihood of this type of complication for our patients, our group's preference is to now perform these procedures radially."