Jun 11, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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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 .



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