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Transradial Catheterization

A transradial catheterization, one of the most advanced interventional cardiology procedures available at the hospitals of Adventist HealthCare, uses an artery in the wrist to gain access to heart arteries during cardiac catheterizations. Interventional cardiologists thread a thin, flexible wire called a catheter, through an artery in the wrist instead of the groin to gain access to the heart.

Transradial Approach Speeds Recovery

Compared to the traditional femoral artery approach, patients benefit from less pain, reduced risk of bleeding and less discomfort while lying down for an extended period of time. You're also able to get up and move around immediately after the procedure, which means you'll quickly be on the road to recovery. In general, you can expect to leave the hospital within 24 hours of your procedure.

Experts In Transradial Care

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital performs 40 percent of its cardiac catheterizations through the wrist, more than twice the national average. The hospital was also the first in Maryland to become a training center for physicians across the country to learn how to perform this innovative heart procedure.

State-of-the-art Radial Recovery Lounge

Radial Recovery Lounge at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist HospitalWith the opening of our state-of-the-art Radial Recovery Lounge at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, heart patients now have access to a new level of innovative care and treatment.

The lounge provides transradial cardiac catheterization patients with a more comfortable, modern, and home-like setting for their short recovery. Personalized elements, designed to bring the comfort of home to the hospital, aim to provide a soothing and relaxing atmosphere where patients can rest and recover before getting back on their feet. They include:

  • Specialized lounge chairs allowing patients to rest upright and comfortably
  • Individual high definition televisions
  • Access to healthy snacks and refreshments
  • Ability to control room lighting through a dimmer switch
  • Around-the-clock monitoring by our expert cardiac care team

The Radial Recovery Lounge was made possible through donations made to the Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital Foundation.

Put Your Heart in Expert Hands at Adventist HealthCare

Ask your doctor to make a referral to the heart and vascular specialists at Adventist HealthCare or find a doctor online. To speak with a member of our experienced cardiovascular team or schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-800-642-0101.

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