CLINICS

Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2017 January; 72(1): 1-4.
doi:10.6061/clinics/2017(01)01

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Emergency Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Through the Left Radial Artery is Associated with Less Vascular Complications than Emergency Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Through the Femoral Artery

Guoqing Qi I * # , Qi Sun II # , Yue Xia I , Liye Wei I

The First Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Department of Cardiology, China

The Military General Hospital of Beijing PLA, Department of Cardiology, China

*Corresponding author. E-mail: qiguoqing_2015@163.com

# These authors contributed equally to this work.

received January 21, 2016; revised April 25, 2016; accepted August 5, 2016.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the advantages and disadvantages of emergency percutaneous coronary intervention through the left radial artery with those of emergency percutaneous coronary intervention through the femoral artery.

METHODS:

A total of 206 patients with acute myocardial infarction who required emergency percutaneous coronary intervention and were admitted to our hospital between January 2011 and August 2013 were divided into the following two groups: a group that underwent percutaneous coronary intervention through the left radial artery and a group that underwent percutaneous coronary intervention through the femoral artery. The times required for angiographic catheter and guiding catheter placement, the success rate of the procedure and the incidence of vascular complications in the two groups were observed.

RESULTS:

There was no significant difference in catheter placement time or the ultimate success rate of the procedure between the two groups. However, the left radial artery group showed a significantly lower incidence of vascular complications than the femoral artery group (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Emergency percutaneous coronary intervention through the left radial artery is associated with less vascular complications than emergency percutaneous coronary intervention through the femoral artery and is thus potentially advantageous for patients.

Keywords: Left Radial Artery, Femoral Artery, Emergency PCI


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