Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is the Midlands leader in radial artery catheterizations. A dedicated radial artery suite, together with skilled cardiologists and specially trained cardiac nurses, results in improved patient satisfaction and medical outcomes. In the suite, cardiac nurses monitor patients while they rest in recliners before and after their procedure.
Numerous studies and clinical trials* have proven that catheterizations performed through the radial artery in the wrist rather than the through the groin's femoral artery offer the following advantages:

  • Reduction in major complications, including a drastic reduction in bleeding—thus reducing mortality rates
  • Increased patient comfort with less fear and the same or better outcomes
  • Patients need only wear a wristband after the procedure with no need for a nurse to hold pressure to the puncture site
  • Shorter recovery time with immediate mobility after procedure, rather than minimum four-hour immobility
  • All types of catheterizations, diagnostic (evaluating) and interventional (treating), can be performed through the radial artery.

Most male and female patients—75 to 90 percent—qualify for the radial procedure. Those who do not are patients whose ulnar and radial arteries are not strong enough to independently supply the hand and patients with dialysis access in their arm.

Palmetto Health offers extraordinary heart care. If you've been told you need a heart catheterization, consider taking advantage of this advance at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital. Radialists on our medical staff who perform radial artery catheterizations are:

Matthew G. Cantrell, MD – Palmetto Heart
Barry J. Feldman, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI – Palmetto Heart
J. Kyle Hewett, MD, FSCAI – Palmetto Heart
Guillermo Pineda, MD, FACC, FSCAI – Palmetto Heart
Vince M. Vismara, MD, FSCAI – Palmetto Heart
Stacy H. Graham, MD – Columbia Heart
W. Joseph Hollins II, MD, FACC – Columbia Heart
J. William Phillips III, MD, FACC – Columbia Heart
Gopi Y. Shah, MD, FACC – Columbia Heart
William W. Stuck, MD, FACC – Columbia Heart
M. Timothy Wells, MD, FACC – Columbia Heart

*RIVAL (Radial Versus Femoral Access for Coronary Angiography and Intervention in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome trial.
2010 HORIZONS-AMI (Harmonizing Outcomes with Revascularization and Stents in AMI) trial
2009 PRESTO-ACS (Comparison of Early Invasive and Conservative Treatment in Patients with Non-ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes) study


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