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2010: Shorter Stay and Faster Recovery for Some CDH Cardiac Patients
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Shorter Stay and Faster Recovery for Some CDH Cardiac Patients

Transradial Cardiac Catheterization Accesses Heart via Wrist instead of Groin

WINFIELD, Ill., July 29, 2010 – In most U.S. hospitals, patients scheduled for cardiac catherization procedures can expect that an interventional cardiologist will access their heart with a catheter inserted through an artery in their leg, usually the femoral artery. While these procedures are much less invasive than open surgeries, they still require patients to stay overnight in the hospital and the recovery can be uncomfortable for patients who have trouble lying flat for an extended period.

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield, Ill., now offers cardiac patients the opportunity to receive the same advanced treatments, without the overnight stay. Transradial cardiac catheterization is a technique that uses the blood vessels in the wrist, as opposed to the groin, to access the heart. Access via the wrist is often less painful, lowers the patient’s risk for complications and offers a quicker recovery period, allowing most patients to skip the overnight hospital stay. This technique also gives the physician easier access to a patients’ circulation. Although the technique is used regularly in Europe, only approximately 3 percent of American physicians are accessing the heart via the wrist.

“It’s heartening to see patients up and walking around within minutes following their procedure,” says Pat Brown, RN, manager of Interventional Labs at CDH. “As the mild sedative we use during the procedure wears off, over a one – two hour period, we observe the patients. For cases without concern of complication, we send patients home the same day.”

“Transradial cardiac catheterization is exactly the type of progress that CDH embraces. This illustrates our commitment to continually raise the bar on the care available to our patients,” adds Robert Friedberg, CDH’s vice president of operations.

Transradial cardiac catheterizations are especially a benefit to those who have difficulty lying prone, have arthritis, peripheral vascular disease or are obese. It cannot be done in patients who are very thin or who have small or twisted arteries.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois.

For the last four consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. CDH has affiliated with other healthcare leaders, including regionally known Children’s Memorial Hospital for specialty pediatric care and, most recently, nationally known Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234 / TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.