An Update on Radial Artery Access and Best Practices for Transradial Coronary Angiography and Intervention in Acute Coronary Syndrome

Published: September 04, 2018

Doctor withdrawing the needle for arterial line
  • Transradial artery (TRA) access for percutaneous coronary intervention is associated with lower bleeding and other vascular complications than transfemoral artery (TFA) access.
  • This scientific statement discusses the two approaches and supports a “radial first” access strategy in the United States for patients with acute coronary syndromes.
  • The statement also reflects current thought and updates previously published papers on transradial artery access technique and best practices, particularly as they relate to the management of patients with acute coronary syndromes.