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March 11, 2011 -- If you are an interventional cardiologist, performing angioplasty and placing stents, and are attending this year's annual American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans, you should definitely think about attending the Transradial Hands-On Learning Lab to find out how to perform diagnostic caths and PCIs via the radial artery in the wrist, instead of the standard femoral access site.

Why? Because, according to the published data, bleeding complications are reduced by half, patient comfort is increased considerably and costs are reduced in a number of ways.

The radial approach is used extensively around the world, but in the U.S. only 5-10%. However, this is growing as more and more interventionalists realize the benefits afforded in patient comfort and particularly in the reduction of bleeding complications. Bleeding complications after PCI have been linked to increased mortality in a number of studies. Reducing these complications is one way in which interventionalists can improve patient outcomes. As Dr. Sameer Mehta of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine told Angioplasty.Org:

"I'm convinced that the absolutely perfect combination for a lot of these patients is going to be transradial procedures performed with bivalirudin. You have the access site which reduces bleeding, as well as a drug which is known to reduce bleeding...".

The Hands-On Learning Lab is titled "Transradial Access and Procedural Anticoagulation Therapies", and physicians will partake in didactic training, to include tips and tricks, equipment usage, pharmacology, and complex cases. Participants will practice cases and learn access techniques with various transradial simulators. In addition, they will learn about hemostasis techniques along with procedural anticoagulation therapies.

The schedule for the lab is:

Sunday, April 3
9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Dr. Tak Kwan
11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Dr. Branavan Umakanthan
1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Dr. Michael Liou
3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Dr. Tak Kwan

Monday, April 4
9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Dr. Sunil Rao
11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Liou
1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Dr. Mauricio Cohen
3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Dr. Daniel Steinberg

Tuesday, April 5
9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Dr. Sunil Rao
11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Dr. Daniel Steinberg

You can register online for the workshop here.

In addition, the event's sponsors state that:

"This event is not part of the official ACC Annual Scientific Session & Expo and/or the American College of Cardiology's Innovation in Inter vention: i2 Summit in Partnership with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), as planned by their Program Committees. This event does not qualify for continuing medical education (CME) credit."

Reported by Burt Cohen, March 11, 2011