Dr. Oz Show Highlights Transradial Cardiac Catheterization

Increase in Patient Demand for “Wrist Cardiac Catheterization” Is Expected

An upsurge in patient demand for transradial angioplasty is expected now that Dr. Oz has highlighted the approach on a recent episode of his popular national program. In a segment on the Dr. Oz show about breakthroughs in healthcare last week, “Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Insider’s Guide: The Newest Medical Breakthroughs,” Dr. Oz interviewed Jennifer Tremmel, MD, clinical director of women’s heart health at Stanford University, about transradial cardiac catheterization. She emphasized that the procedure (called “wrist cardiac catheterization during the program) reduces complications, particularly bleeding.

“At Stanford, in particular we’re looking at women’s heart health and how we can improve outcome for women, and bleeding is one of those things,” she said. Dr. Tremmel noted that women are at a 2-3 higher risk for bleeding in the cardiac cath lab if the femoral approach is used. The segment described cardiac catheterization and included some footage of a transradial procedure in progress, which came from Transradial University, a sister site of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. Transradial University provides video tutorials, articles, and interviews about transradial procedures. In addition, the Journal of Invasive Cardiology publishes regularly on this access technique, including a monthly special section devoted to issues and advances in the radial approach to cardiac catheterization and related intervention.

A selection of related articles from the Journal of Invasive Cardiology:

Launching a Successful Transradial Program
Jennifer A. Tremmel, MD, MS
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California.

Learning Curve in Transradial Cardiac Catheterization: Procedure-Related Parameters Stratified by Operators’ Transradial Volume
Ehab S. Kasasbeh, MD, Babar Parvez, MD, Robert L. Huang, MD, Michele Marie Hasselblad, MSN, RN, Mark D. Glazer, MD, Joseph G. Salloum, MD, John H. Cleator, MD, PhD, David X. Zhao, MD

Successful Transradial Intervention by Switching from 6 French to 5 French Guiding Catheter
Takashi Matsukage, MD, PhD, Naoki Masuda, MD, Yuji Ikari, MD, PhD
Tokai University School of Medicine, Isehara, Japan.

Safety and Efficacy of Transradial Access in Coronary Angiography: 8-Year Experience 
Xavier Carrillo, MD, Josepa Mauri, MD, PhD, Eduard Fernandez-Nofrerias, MD, Oriol Rodriguez-Leor, MD, Antoni Bayes-Genis, MD, PhD

Radial Artery Spasm: Pick the Right Cocktail and Relax
Anupama Shivaraju, MD and Adhir Shroff, MD, MPH

Cost-Effectiveness of the Radial versus Femoral Artery Approach to Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
Oleg Roussanov, MD, S. Jeanne Wilson, RN, Katherine Henley, FNP, Greta Estacio, FNP,
Judith Hill, FNP, Brenda Dogan, RN, William F. Henley, PhD, Nabil Jarmukli, MD

Problems and Complications of the Transradial Approach for Coronary Interventions: A Review
Elizabeth Bazemore, BS and J. Tift Mann, III, MD

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