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Transradial Angioplasty Masters Training Course from Duke Clinical Research Institute and SCAI
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2nd Annual Duke
Masters Course in
Transradial Intervention
October 11-12, 2012
June 22, 2012 -- On October 11-12, 2012, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in conjunction with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), will present the "2nd Annual Duke Masters Course in Transradial Intervention", continuing its commitment to providing an advanced level of training in this new and growing technique to be offered in the United States. According to the organizers, the Duke course is one of the only advanced Masters' level transradial courses offered in the U.S.

Most coronary catheter-based procedures use the leg or groin access site in the femoral artery, but the radial wrist approach has been shown to have less complications and offer greater patient comfort -- and its use in the U.S. has been spreading as more practitioners get trained.

Dr. Sunil V. Rao, one of the key researchers of access site bleeding complications resulting from angioplasty and stent placement, has been a vocal proponent of the transradial (wrist) approach to angioplasty, which minimizes or eliminates these complications. Now Dr. Rao and his colleague, Dr. Mitchell W. Krucoff, are gathering a roster of world experts for a comprehensive and intensive two-day CME training course in the transradial approach for clinical and interventional cardiologists, as well as physicians and technicians involved in the care of patients.

The impressive faculty includes Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij (Netherlands), who performed the first transradial intervention 20 years ago, as well as leading clinicians and experts in the procedure, such as Drs. Olivier Betrand (Quebec), Tejas Patel (India), Samir Pancholy, Mauricio Cohen, Raymond Quesada, Tift Mann, Chris Pyne, Ian Gilchrist, Shigeru Saito (Japan) and more, will incorporate didactic, case-based and live presentations to provide the latest information on the benefits of transradial PCI.

The two-day course will be held on October 11-12, 2012 at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, North Carolina.

The overall goal of the activities is to enhance learners’ knowledge and their competency to incorporate evidence-based updates in their practice. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify appropriate patient selection for the radial approach to PCI with a focus on more complex settings such as vascular anomalies and complications, prior coronary bypass surgery, and complex coronary anatomy.
  2. Describe pharmacological options in complex settings such as chronic anti-coagulation, acute coronary syndromes, and for treatment of severe radial artery spasm.
  3. Describe technical aspects of complex PCI via the radial approach including guide catheter selection and treatment of left main disease, bifurcations, chronic total occlusions and other complex anatomy.
  4. Describe considerations for ST-elevation MI transradial intervention with particular emphasis on patient safety and clinical outcomes.

More information can be found on the course web site at where you will be able to register online.

A PDF of the program brochure can be found at

For more information, contact Wendy Sprintz of the Duke Clinical Research Institute ( DCRI) at (877) 707-2904, or email her at

About The Radial Access Center on Angioplasty.Org
To assist in educating the professional and patient population in the U.S. about the this technique, Angioplasty.Org created the "Radial Access Center for Transradial Approach" in 2007, a special section devoted to information and news about the transradial technique, for both patients and physicians. The Radial Center features interviews with leading practitioners of the radial technique, such as Drs. Jeffrey Popma, Sunil Rao, Mauricio Cohen, John Coppola, Shigeru Saito and Jennifer Tremmel. The section also maintains a listing of upcoming training courses in the transradial approach.

For patients there is also a "Hospital Locator" that lists U.S. centers practicing radial angiography. As Dr. Howard Cohen of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York says of the wrist technique, "Patients really prefer it. 95% of people who've had it both ways would say 'I'm coming back to you, Dr. Cohen because I like this transradial a lot better than the other way!'

Reported by Burt Cohen, June 22, 2012