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Published on November 10, 2010

New cardiac catheterization procedure can mean quicker recovery time  

 Mercy Medical Center is offering a new approach to cardiac catheterization that could shorten recovery time for patients.  The new surgical technique uses a transradial approach, meaning doctors access the patient’s artery through the wrist rather than the groin.  With this approach patients can often shorten their hospital stay and return to normal activities more quickly.

The transradial approach is a new option for patients in the Cedar Rapids area.  The decision whether to use this option or a traditional catheterization approach is made by the cardiologist after evaluation of the patient.

Although this technique has been utilized around the country for several years, it is growing in popularity within the field of cardiology.  Mercy has already seen numerous successful patient outcomes since its implementation locally.

Mercy’s staff completed training to offer this advanced catheterization technique. Additionally, Dr. Nicholas Hodgman from Cedar Rapids Heart Center, P.C., was fellowship-trained doing transradial catheterization.

Adding this cardiac catheterization technique is just one more step toward Mercy’s goal of providing the highest quality and safest heart care to our patients.  Those interested in learning more about this new option can contact Mercy Medical Center Cardiovascular Lab at (319) 221-8506.