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Forearm Approach for Percutaneous Coronary Procedures

Zoran Stajic, Radoslav Romanovic, Dragan Tavciovski.


This article gives contemporary review on the forearm approach for percutaneous diagnostic and interventional coronary procedures. Advantages and disadvantages as well as practical issues and current controversies regarding both radial and ulnar artery approach are discussed throughout the paper. Having in mind advantages of forearm approach in terms of safety and comfort over the traditional femoral approach, as well as the rapid development of invasive technology in the past years, it will probably become the default vascular approach for all percutaneous coronary procedures in the near future.

Key words: Forearm approach; transradial; transulnar; percutaneous coronary procedures.

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