Safety of Radial Access for Primary Percutaneous Intervention in Patients With ST-Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction: Results From a Low-Volume Center

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Radial access for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) in patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) is recommended in high-volume experienced centers. This study investigated whether radial access for pPCI is safe even in a low-volume center. We performed radial access for pPCI in 171 patients. Major adverse cardiac events (total death, myocardial infarction, stroke) rate was 1.2%. The overall incidence of bleeding complications was 2.4%; there was no vascular complication at the access site. In patients with STEMI undergoing pPCI, the results of radial access in a low-volume center were acceptable. These findings support the safety of radial access in patients with STEMI.

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