Outpatient Radial Catheter Procedures

More experience, better outcomes for patients

Cardiac catheterization is a specialized x-ray examination that uses “live” digital images of your coronary arteries and the pumping chambers of the heart to diagnose heart disease. The arteries of the heart can’t be seen with regular x-rays, so the traditional procedure was to thread a tiny plastic tube from the groin to the entrance of a coronary artery. This was uncomfortable for patients who remained confined to a gurney for several hours and were required to stay overnight at the hospital.

Now, the preferred approach is to thread the catheter from the radial artery in the wrist. This not only greatly increases the comfort level for patients, but it also reduces the possible complications from the procedure. Patients' length of stay is often as short as two to three hours. This means that overall cost of care is reduced because an overnight stay is avoided.

The cardiologists at the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute have more than a decade of experience performing thousands of radial access procedures for cardiac patients. In the past five years alone, they have completed 2,644 procedures with no serious complications and excellent outcomes. The heart care specialists at OHVI perform nearly 3,000 catheter-based cardiac procedures each year.
Procedures offered via radial access include diagnostic angiography, angioplasty and stenting.