Jun 11, 2013
By AM740 Staff
It’s a change that lowers the risk factors in artery unclogging procedures.
More than ever doctors are accessing the heart through a vein in the wrist, rather than in the groin.
Based on data gathered from nearly 3 million procedures researchers found that patients had a lower risk for bleeding complications during wrist-entry surgeries, compared to those done using groin-entry.
It’s important because many patients undergoing artery unclogging surgeries are also on blood thinners increasing their risk for bleeding complications post-surgery.
Researchers says wrist-entry is most effective for high-risk patients including people 75 or older, women and patients with acute coronary syndrome .