PMC Now Offers Transradial Cardiac Catheterizations
Faster, safer, more comfortable, and reduced hospital stay
Parrish Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Care program now offers
transradial catheterizations, which reduces recovery time, improves patient
experience and outcomes, and lowers hospital and healthcare costs.
Interventional Cardiologists Dr. Ravi Rao and Dr. Biju Mathews have established
North Brevard’s first Transradial Catheterization program.
Transradial cardiac catheterization uses the wrist, not the groin, for
catheter insertion. This technique is safer, eliminates scarring, decreases
bleeding complications and risk of trauma to adjacent nerves and blood
vessels, and offers significantly shorter recovery period.
While this technique is not new, the transradial approach is used in only
7 percent of coronary angiograms in the United States compared with approximately
50 percent in Asia, and 40 percent in Europe.
Transradial cardiac catheterizations benefit all patients, but especially
those with lower back pain, arthritis, obesity, peripheral vascular disease
or those with a higher risk of bleeding Traditionally, cardiac catheterization
uses the femoral artery in the right groin as the point of insertion for
the catheter. This entry point is sometimes difficult to access and may
be hard to compress after the procedure to stop the bleeding.
The recovery time for the femoral approach is 20 minutes of pressure followed
by 6–8 hours of bed rest to allow the hole in the groin to heal.
The transradial catheterization is performed using an artery in the wrist.
The recovery time for the transradial approach is less than two hours
bed rest and discharge within four hours, depending on the procedure.
Parrish Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Care program earned state
approval to perform elective angioplasty two years ago and since then
has been able to bring advanced heart-saving treatments to the North Brevard
community. Time is heart muscle.
“PMC sought and attained approval to perform both emergent and elective
angioplasty so North Brevard residents would not experience any delays
in receiving heart-saving treatments,” said Dr. Ravi Rao, Harvard-trained
board-certified interventional cardiologist, who helped to lead PMC’s
effort to achieve state approval. “PMC’s heart emergency team’s
time-to-treat is 60 minutes or less, which beats the national best practice
goal of 90 minutes,” added Dr. Rao.
Parrish Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Care program has earned
HealthGrades five star rating and Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
for excellence in the treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome (heart attack)
and heart failure management. Additionally, PMC has earned Joint Commission
Gold Seals for primary stroke treatment and diabetes management, and is
a certified HeartCaring hospital by the National Spirit of Women Network.
For more information about the cardiovascular care program at Parrish
Medical Center visit parrishmed.com.