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Cardiac Catheterization

Radial Access

Ocala Health is pleased to offer 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, through the development of smaller, specialized catheters, there is now a growing use of these same procedures being performed through the smaller radial artery in the wrist. Using this modern access technique offers several benefits to patients undergoing cardiac catheterization procedures. First, patient comfort during recovery is greatly increased, with the patient no longer needing to lie flat for several hours after completion of the procedure. Second, recovery time is shortened, thus allowing the patient to return to home earlier. Lastly, bleeding complications associated with radial access are extremely rare. At Ocala Health, we continue to offer a variety of access options. You may speak with your physician to determine which access type is best for you.


Ocala Health introduces Impella 2.5 technology for the treatment of high-risk coronary interventions at the Ocala Regional Medical Center cardiac catheterization laboratories. What is Impella? The Impella 2.5 is a small pump at the end of a thin catheter that may be used during the performance of a high-risk coronary intervention procedure. It has two small holes which deliver oxygenated blood from the pumping chamber of the heart (the left ventricle) into the ascending aorta so that blood is received throughout the body.

Why is Impella important?

The Impella 2.5 reduces the workload of the heart during high-risk coronary intervention, and prevents your heart from being overstressed by the procedure as the coronary artery blockages are being repaired. It also maintains adequate blood flow and blood pressure during the procedure.

Who should be treated with the Impella 2.5?

Impella may be beneficial in patients who have coronary artery blockages, but are not candidates for open-heart surgery. Additionally, Impella is also used in patients for whom coronary intervention is recommended, but are at high-risk due to heart failure, advanced age, or other conditions.