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During most traditional diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures, a cardiologist uses the femoral artery in the leg as the entry point for a catheter tube, which is guided through the body’s arteries to the heart. The relatively new radial artery approach allows a cardiologist to insert the catheter through the radial artery in the wrist.
Once the catheter has reached the heart, a contrast dye is injected through the tube, which allows cardiologists to identify cholesterol deposits – or plaque – in diseased arteries that may be blocking blood flow.
Radial artery catheterization offers patients several benefits:
Currently, less than five percent of hospitals in the United States employ the radial artery approach to catheterization. Baylor Scott & White- Garland is proud to be one of them. Learn More About the Procedure
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For more information on radial artery catheterization, call the cardiac cath lab at 972.487.5274. For a referral to a cardiologist on staff at Baylor Scott & White- Garland, call 1.800.BAYLOR or click here.
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