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Training for Transradial Angioplasty:
Get On The Wait List

September 16, 2009 -- Interest in using the wrist artery as the access site for angioplasty, stenting and diagnostic catheterizations has been growing steadily in the U.S. over the past few years. Unfortunately the transradial approach is not routinely taught during interventional Fellowships, so practicing interventionalists who want to learn the technique need to get outside assistance, usually starting with a training course.

Drs. John Coppola and Shigeru Saito, during a training course
Drs. John Coppola and Shigeru
Saito, during training course

Such courses have been difficult to find, but as word about transradial's benefits spreads, a new problem has arisen -- attendance at these courses fills up even before the dates are announced. Cases in point are the current course being given at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida -- full; the well-known and highly-regarded St. Vincent's Hospital course given in New York by Dr. John Coppola -- the course on October 21st -- full! A second course to be held on November 11 -- full!

There is a one-day course being given in Scranton, Pennsylvania by Drs. Samir B. Pancholy and Ian Gilchrist that, as of this writing, is not yet fully subscribed.

For interventional cardiologists who want to know more, the TCT is offering numerous transradial talks, including an afternoon seminar on Tuesday, September 22.

Some of these courses are being supported by companies in the field, such as Terumo Interventional Systems, a leading manufacturer of transradial equipment (disclosure: the Radial Access Center on Angioplasty.Org is also supported by Terumo). At this point slots for future courses fill up immediately and there is a waiting list of sorts. Sandra Schaffer of Terumo Interventional Systems suggests contacting her to get more information (for U.S. physicians only). She can be reached at 800.283.7866 ext. 4954 or e-mail her at:

Reported by Burt Cohen, September 16, 2009