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Heart procedures called cardiac catheterization have been performed for many years. Cardiac catheterization, coronary angioplasty, and stenting are some of the most important ways to diagnose and treat patients with coronary artery disease (the #1 cause of death in the United States). Traditionally this procedure is performed through the groin or femoral artery, but now there is a less invasive, safer, and more comfortable technique for doing these procedures: using the wrist or radial artery. The physicians at Heart and Vascular Care are experts at performing these procedures through a single needle stick in the blood vessel of the wrist (radial artery).

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