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Safety and feasibility of transradial coronary angioplasty in elderly patients.
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PMID:  15706998     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the safety, feasibility and efficacy of transradial coronary angioplasty in elderly (> or = 70 years) vs younger patients (< 70 years). METHODS: We studied 1125 consecutive patients submitted to transradial coronary angioplasty by a single operator. An angiography of the arteries of the upper limbs was performed before and after the procedure. The presence of the radial pulse was assessed at 1 month of follow-up. RESULTS: At angiography, elderly patients (n = 323) were found to have a higher incidence of radial and brachiocephalic trunk anatomical tortuosity compared to younger subjects (35.3 vs 17.3%, p < 0.05; 10.5 vs 5.3%, p < 0.05, respectively). Radial access was successful in 98.8% of elderly and in 99% of younger patients (p = NS). The procedural success by radial access did not significantly differ between the two groups (97.5 vs 98.7%; p = NS). The cannulation time (from skin anesthesia to arterial cannulation) and the total procedure time (from patient arrival at the catheterization room to the completion of the procedure) were not significantly different between the two groups (1.5 +/- 0.8 vs 1.6 +/- 0.4 min, p = NS; 57 +/- 23 vs 56 +/- 12 min, p = NS, respectively). There were no access site bleeding complications in younger and only one (0.4%) such a complication in elderly patients. In all patients, there was no case of forearm ischemia and the incidence of asymptomatic loss of the radial pulse during the 30-day follow-up period was not different between the two groups (1.5 vs 1.4%, p = NS). CONCLUSIONS: Performed by experienced operators, transradial access constitutes a safe and feasible approach for coronary angioplasty in elderly patients. The results are similar to those observed in younger patients.
Orazio Valsecchi; Giuseppe Musumeci; Angelina Vassileva; Maurizio Tespili; Giulio Guagliumi; Laurian Mihalcsik; Roberta Rossini; Antonello Gavazzi; Paolo Ferrazzi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Italian heart journal : official journal of the Italian Federation of Cardiology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1129-471X     ISO Abbreviation:  Ital Heart J     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-02-14     Completed Date:  2005-05-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909716     Medline TA:  Ital Heart J     Country:  Italy    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  926-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Interventional Catheterization Laboratory. Cardiovascular Department, Ospedali Riuniti, Bergamo, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Angioplasty, Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary / methods*
Coronary Artery Disease / radiography,  therapy*
Feasibility Studies
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Radial Artery* / radiography
Treatment Outcome

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