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Union-Tribune: Scripps Leading Trend to Enter Wrist for Heart Procedures

Cardiologist says transradial approach better for patients

A team of doctors in an operating room as they prepare to begin a heart procedure that will be done through the wrist.

Cardiologist says transradial approach better for patients

More than 80 percent of catheter-based heart procedures at Scripps Clinic are being done through the wrist rather than the groin, according to a recent report by The San Diego Union-Tribune.


Interventional cardiologist Paul Teirstein, MD, who is chief of cardiology and director of interventional cardiology at Scripps Clinic, said the transradial approach is gaining traction across the United States because it's easier on patients, comes with lower risks and can help lower the cost of care.


Read the Union-Tribune article and watch the video report: Why The Wrist is Better Than The Groin -- When It Comes to Stenting

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