Cardiac catheterization is a common medical procedure used to diagnose and treat coronary heart disease (CAD), the leading cause of death in the United States today. Transradial catheterization uses the radial artery in the wrist to gain access to the heart. Traditionally, doctors go through the patient’s femoral artery in the groin..
Peripheral Angiogram / Angioplasy
A peripheral angiogram is performed similar to a cardiac catheterization but the arteries that supply blood flow to feet are studied instead of the heart. A small catheter is placed in either the radial artery or the femoral artery and pictures are taken. If there are blockages present, an intervention may be required to alleviate pain or allow healing of ulcers or wounds.