Hospital offers safer, less invasive heart procedure

The Medical City

Posted at May 08 2019 06:04 PM

When it comes to your heart's health, The Medical City (TMC) offers world-class facilities and the best service in healthcare as it is one of the pioneering hospitals in the country to use transradial catheterization − a safer and less invasive approach to performing angioplasties and angiograms.

The Medical City, established in 1967, started performing the procedure in 2010, and has since taken on thousands of cases, utilizing transradial access in almost 90 percent of its coronary procedures. This is the highest percentage, by far, of all the private cardiac catheterization laboratories in the country and matches the leading centers in Europe and Japan. 

"The transradial access is highly recommended as it provides a safer, more comfortable, and more efficient means to cardiac catheterization," said Dr. Jose Paolo Prado, a cardiologist at the hospital. "Through this innovative procedure, patients can undergo angiograms and angioplasties and go back to their normal routine within hours. It only takes around 15 to 30 minutes, and is even provided on an outpatient basis." 

The Transradial Catheterization is used in angiograms, also known as cardiac catheterization, which are performed to investigate the possibility of blocked coronary arteries. 

Previously, angiograms were more commonly performed by placing a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin, but this poses greater discomfort, a longer recovery time, and greater risk of complications for the patient. 

On the other hand, the transradial access reduces the chances of bleeding into the abdomen and aneurysms, and ensures less down time for the patient as it is a less invasive approach. 

Transradial Catheterization is performed through an entry point at the radial artery in the wrist. A thin catheter is then threaded through the network of arteries in the arm and chest to reach the heart. A thin sheath keeps the blood from spurting out of the artery, and allows other devices to go into the body’s cardiovascular system.

Alfred, an active 50-year-old, experienced first-hand the unique benefits of the transradial catheterization when he underwent an angiogram and angioplasty in 2017, performed by interventional cardiologist Dr. Jesus Edgar Villano at The Medical City Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cathlab). 

After having blood tests, a 2d Echo (Two-Dimensional Echocardiography), and a stress test, Alfred’s results pointed to a higher risk of coronary artery disease, and he was recommended to undergo an angiogram. 

An angioplasty followed to expand the clogged artery. The procedure lasted for less than an hour. Alfred was half awake for the entire procedure and was impressed by how fast and painless it was. 

"There was minimal bleeding and discomfort. I was able to move around and eat and drink soon after the procedure," said Alfred. He was cleared to go home that same day, but his family opted for him to stay the night. 

"The Medical City performs around 500 angiograms and close to 200 angioplasties per year," says Dr. Prado. "So we have the expertise, the trained medical teams, and facilities to perform such diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures. When planning to undergo angiograms and angioplasties, patients should not only look for the medical institution that offers the most cost-efficient means, but also the one that has the most experience and expertise, and high success rates."

As a premier medical institution, The Medical City is committed to putting every patient’s health and comfort first, and assures to continually adopt procedures that elevate the quality of patient care in the country. 

For more information about transradial catheterization, you may contact The Medical City Cardiovascular Institute at 988-1000 or 988-7000 extension 6314. 

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