The best way of accessing and treating ailing hearts with angioplasty may be through the wrist, a US study finds.
The catheterisation technique reduces risk, bleeding, cost and patient recovery time when treating blocked arteries, researchers said.
Each year, about one million Americans undergo angioplasty to open blocked arteries. The most common approach involves making an incision in the groin (at the top of the leg) and inserting a catheter (thin tube) that’s advanced through the femoral artery to the site of the blockage. A tiny balloon is inflated to open the blocked artery and, in many cases, a stent is left behind to keep the artery open. Read More »Angioplasty via wrist may be safer