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During coronary angioplasty how are catheters inserted into the femoral artery to the heart?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 34 years experience
Depends: Depending on the arterial access , a single IV like catheter is placed called an arterial sheath. All catheters are fed thru the sheath using a j-shaped guide wire. Most sheaths are placed in the femoral artery others in the radial arteries. All arteries lead back to the heart in a retrograde fashion and the catheter is manipulated into the artery of intrest for repair with angioplaty and stent.
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Dr. Mehdi Qamar
Dr. Mehdi Qamar commented
Cardiology 33 years experience
Apr 7, 2012
Last updated Jun 10, 2014


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