NCDR Study Shows 13-Fold Increase in Transradial PCI Procedures Over Six Years
Radial access for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) accounts for one out of six PCI procedures, and is associated with lower vascular and bleeding complication rates when compared to femoral access, according to a study published June 11 in Circulation.
The authors note that since early reports, "there has been a 13-fold increase over a period of six years in the use of [radial] PCI." They add that "these findings indicate similar efficacy and improved safety of [radial] PCI in comparison with [femoral] PCI." However, there is geographic variation in its adoption, and underused in patients at high risk for bleeding.
Moving forward, "wider adoption of [radial] PCI in interventional practice, particularly in higher-risk patients, presents an opportunity to potentially improve overall PCI safety," the authors add.
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