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September 14, 2010 -- 6:25pm EDT

Training for the Transradial Approach to Angioplasty and Stents
Radial Artery DiagramYesterday I wrote about the transradial training sessions being conducted at next week's TCT meeting in Washington. This afternoon TCT co-director Dr. Gregg Stone told us that they are planning for 500 attendees at the Transradial Concurrent Session, which is a significant increase from previous years. In my post, I also called attention to the SCAI Radial Summit being held on November 5 in Boston -- the first time a national cardiology society has sponsored a course on this technique.

These are major U.S. meetings, but there are other training opportunities around as well -- for example, Tejas Patel's annual TRICO meeting in Ahmedabad, India is scheduled for October 30-31. It is the meeting where a number of American interventionalists first learned the technique of angioplasty via the wrist and brought it back to the U.S. And renowned cardiologist Dr. Shigeru Saito's Kamakura Live Demonstration Course in Japan is being held in early December.

If you are interested in learning the transradial approach to coronary diagnostic and treatment, visit Angioplasty.Org's page on "Transradial Training Courses" for information on upcoming training opportunities; and, if you are offering such a course, and it is not listed, please send us the information via our "Transradial Course Submission" page.

The transradial wrist approach is used 50% of the time in many countries, but at last look less than 5% in the U.S. I predict that the next time these figures are published, we'll be seeing closer to 10% in the U.S. And here's why:

  • bleeding complications from the access site virtually eliminated -- a very important metric in the age of aggressive antiplatelet therapy;
  • lower complication rate overall = lower costs to hospitals and insurers;
  • lower bleeding complications = lower mortality and morbidity;
  • far greater patient comfort (immediate ambulation);
  • greater safety for outpatient procedures.

Yes, we're talking about a procedure for the heart...but if you look at the data, it's a no-brainer!

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