In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (Volume3,Number 2, 2018, pp. 255-261(7); DOI: https://doi.org/10.15212/CVIA.2017.0061 Syed Raza Shah and Ki Park from UCF/HCA GME Consortium Internal Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA and Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA consider the contemporary role of femoral artery access.
The scope of interventional cardiology has rapidly expanded over the last several decades. In a field where procedural treatment options for a variety of complex cardiovascular conditions have grown exponentially, the importance of procedural safety continues to come to the forefront. This is most evident in the movement toward radial access as the initial approach for operators in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. As the evidence grows for the superiority of radial access over femoral access with regard to reducing bleeding events and improving clinical outcomes, the authors discuss the modern approach to obtaining access, and highlight best practices.
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