Saint Alphonsus Health System

Radial Artery Catheterization

Traditional diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures use the femoral artery in the groin as the entry point for diagnostic and interventional procedures.  Saint Alphonsus is proud to be in the forefront of medical care in offering radial artery catheterization. 

Currently, less than 10 percent of medical centers in the United States use the radial artery in the wrist as the preferred entry point for cardiac catheterization.  The radial artery approach allows a cardiologist to insert the catheter through the radial artery in the wrist, which results in the following advantages compared to the femoral artery:

  • Less bleeding/bruising
  • Fewer complications
  • Increased patient comfort (patients may also move around immediately after the procedure, instead of having to stay in bed for up 6 to 8 hours)
  • Decreased risk of death (in emergent procedures)

For some patients with technically difficult procedures or vascular abnormalities, the femoral approach may still be preferred.

To find a cardiologist who provides radial artery catheterization call 208-367-2328.