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New Radial Access Cardiac Cath Procedure Performed at WCA Heart Center


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James Cirbus, MD, FACC, board-certified cardiologist on the medical staff of WCA Hospital, performs a cardiac catheterization procedure at the WCA Heart Center. Dr. Cirbus has performed more than 4,700 cardiac catheterization procedures. A cardiac catheterization procedure is performed on patients who may be suffering from blocked or narrowed arteries. Now, patients have the option of having the procedure performed through the radial artery in the wrist instead of the femoral artery in the groin.

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WCA Cardiac Cath Heart Team staff, from left, Laurie Bryerton, cardiac cath R.N.; Lisa Davis, senior cardiac cath R.N.; James Cirbus, M.D., medical director WCA Heart Center; Janet Blume, cardiac cath R.N.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, February 8, 2016)—Patients undergoing a cardiac catheterization procedure at the WCA Heart Center now have the option of having the procedure performed through the radial artery in the wrist instead of the femoral artery in the groin. To be a candidate, patients must have dual blood supply to their hands, through both the radial artery and the ulnar artery (90% of patients have a dual blood supply level).

Cardiac catheterization is a common medical procedure used to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death in the United States today. Coronary artery disease is a condition in which plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries and cuts off the blood supply to the heart muscle ultimately causing angina, heart attacks or sudden death.

Cardiologist, James Cirbus, M.D., FACC, board-certified cardiologist on the medical staff of WCA, is using a new technique, radial access catheterization, to perform cardiac catheterization—a procedure that involves using the radial artery in the wrist to gain access to the heart.

While entry through the femoral artery is still the most common approach, the radial access catheterization through the underside of the wrist offers a number of benefits. “Most patients are candidates for the new procedure as long as they have a dual blood supply to their hand,” said cardiologist, Dr. Cirbus, who has performed more than 4,700 cardiac catheterizations at WCA. “We are continually raising the quality standards for heart care at WCA through expanding our ability to provide the latest and safest techniques that improve the quality of life for our patients. The new procedure is just another option to perform a cardiac catheterization.”

There are several potential benefits for radial access catheterization including,

“We have received excellent feedback from our patients who have had the new medical procedure,” adds Lisa Davis, R.N., senior cardiac catheterization nurse at the WCA Heart Center. “In general, our patients find that radial access catheterization is a more comfortable procedure and patients are able to ambulate almost immediately following the procedure.”

For more information about radial access catheterization, or the comprehensive array of services available at the WCA Heart Center, visit http://www.wcahospital.org/heartcenter.php or call (716) 664-8137.

About WCA Heart Center
The WCA Heart Center combines clinical expertise with the latest technology for diagnosis, treatment and recovery of heart (cardiovascular) disease and related disorders. The WCA Heart Center focuses on prevention as well as emergency care, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, support, and education.

 
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