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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s radial man!

October 2011 Br J Cardiol 2011;18:214-215

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s radial man!

Michael Norell

Abstract

Yes, it’s true. After more than 20 years of accessing the arterial circulation almost consistently from the femoral approach, I have given in to the undeniable logic of the trans-radial enthusiasts. Was I among the last of a dwindling minority of dinosaurs, plodding on with traditional practice despite a changing – if not hostile – environment? Technology supporting the radial approach has undoubtedly advanced, and at the same time the interventional landscape has become less attractive to the use of a much larger vessel in which haemostatic control can never be guaranteed. I was wondering how this Damascene change in my practice came a

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