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July 2017 Br J Cardiol 2017;24:100–4 doi:http://doi.org/10.5837/bjc.2017.020 Online First

Randomised clinical trial comparing transradial catheterisation with or without prophylactic nitroglycerin

Roberto Léo da Silva, Luis Sérgio Carvalho Luciano, Daniel Medeiros Moreira, Tammuz Fattah, Ana Paula Trombetta, Luciano Panata, Leandro Waldrich, Luiz Eduardo Koenig São Thiago, Luiz Carlos Giuliano

Abstract

Introduction The use of the transradial approach (TRA) for coronary catheterisation has increased over the years, worldwide, and it has been shown to be safe and comfortable for patients.1 Transradial interventions have been found to be feasible in many situations of clinical practice, reducing vascular and bleeding complications, improving patient comfort, saving costs and with equivalent procedural success compared with the femoral approach.2,3 Some studies have shown that in acute coronary syndromes, the use of TRA is associated with better outcomes and lower mortality.4,5 Although it is widely accepted by cardiologists and patients, some

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