Monthly Archives: March 2011

Will a Heart Stent from the Wrist RIVAL One from the Leg?

Transradial angioplasty from the wristAt Angioplasty.Org, we are about to mark the fourth anniversary of our Transradial Access Center, where we have been evangelizing an approach used around the world for catheter-based diagnostic and interventional procedures: using the radial artery in the wrist for catheterizations and PCI (angioplasty and stents) instead of the femoral artery in the leg. It’s an approach that is used 50% or more of the time in other countries, but is still in the single digits (pun intended) here in the United States. You can read why the U.S. has been behind the curve in our many articles on the subject of the transradial approach.

But all this soon may be changing, if the results of an important study, being presented at this year’s American College of Cardiology meeting, support the investigators’ hypothesis: Continue reading

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Transradial Cath in Bakersfield

Dr. Tommy Lee performing a transradial catheterizationI’m always keeping an eye on the growing number of news stories about a “revolutionary new way to open the coronary arteries”: the transradial approach, that is, where the radial artery in the wrist is used as the entry point for catheters, angioplasty balloons and stents. This latest TV report was broadcast Friday on KGET-TV, Channel 17 in Bakersfield, California. (Late update on August 5, 2013 – Unfortunately, KGET did not archive the broadcast, but you can read more about Bakersfield’s transradial program here .)

It’s a good report because it not only interviews Dr. Tommy Lee, the interventional cardiologist who has started doing radial caths (about 100 so far) because he feels it is safer, but it has a couple patients talking about their experience. Dr. Lee states in the broadcast that he believes radial is the future of cardiac catheterization: Continue reading

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Smoking After Sex: A Double Heart Attack Risk?

The Bed by Toulouse-LautrecOkay. Now that I have your attention…. Sure, we all know that smoking significantly increases the risk of having a heart attack…but sex? Well a study, published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looks at this topic, in an article titled, “Association of Episodic Physical and Sexual Activity With Triggering of Acute Cardiac Events“. And it’s a topic that a not insignificant number of readers writing into Angioplasty.Org’s Patient Forum are concerned about. Continue reading

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Heart Stent Success Stories

Coronary StentsI just wanted to share a patient’s posting from earlier today on Angioplasty.Org’s Patient Forum Topic titled, “Exercise, Sport, Physical Activity After Stent“:

It’s great to hear of everyone’s victories recovery-wise, both major and minor. I had 3 coronary stents in Nov 2010 during 3 separate procedures and the cardio told me exercise as I wish… So, 2 10km running races and a half-marathon completed since the stents went in, and I’m now training for triathlons! Continue reading

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Wrist Angioplasty Up-Close: New York Style

Mt. Sinai in NYCFor physicians (and others) who are interested in seeing an advanced PCI case using the transradial or wrist approach, tune in tomorrow morning at 8:00am to this month’s Interventional Cardiology Live Case Study Series from Mount Sinai Medical Center (these live cases are hosted on theheart.org— subscription required). Continue reading

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Wanted: Marathoners with Stents, Pacemakers, Heart Valves

Global HeroesMedtronic (NYSE: MDT) has made its yearly announcement that it is looking for runners from around the world who have benefited from medical technology to participate in the company’s 6th Annual Medtronic Global Heroes program.

I “liked” this event on their Facebook page because the idea of people living their lives to the fullest after having a catastrophic medical crisis, and being rescued by modern medical technology, goes right to the (okay…pun coming…) heart of the matter. Continue reading

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