Doctors performed angiographies via the finger (Left thumb) artery

Doctors at Fortis Vasant Kunj adopt a novel technique; perform angiographies via the finger (Left thumb) artery
  • Left distal radial Angiographies are shorter in duration, less painful with faster rate of recovery
  • More convenient for the patient with no loss of radial pulse
New Delhi, September 27, 2018:

A team of doctors, led by Dr. Tapan Ghose, Director & Head, Cardiology, Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj (FHVK), have adopted the novel technique of performing angiographies via the thumb artery. Traditionally, angiographies are performed through the wrist or groin; however, Dr. Tapan Ghose and his team have performed finger angiographies on as many as 51 patients.

Mr. D S Mathuria, 47 years of age, had been experiencing angina (chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart) for the last 3 months. A thorough medical evaluation and angiography through the distal radial revealed that he had coronary artery disease and double vessel disease. He was treated successfully. Mr. Vinod, 69 years of age, presented with coronary artery disease, diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. In both cases, an angiography needed to be performed. Dr. Tapan Ghose and his team performed the angiography through the left thumb artery – making the procedure convenient for the patient.

Dr. Tapan Ghose, Director & Head, Cardiology, Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj said, “The procedure and medication involved in performing angiographies, whether it is through the wrist, groin or finger, is the same. When it is performed through the finger, it is known as ‘Left Distal Radial Angiography’ or ‘the anatomical snuff box approach’. The benefit of choosing this route over traditional procedures is that it is less time consuming and painful and patient friendly. The rate of recovery is faster, there is no loss of radial pulse, bleeding is negligible, 0% chances of blood transfusion.”

Ms. Mangla Dembi, Facility Director, Fortis Hospital Vasant Kunj said, “Our doctors are always looking to adopt innovative techniques that will be more beneficial and convenient for the patient. We are constantly striving for patient centricity. Aided by world-class infrastructure and technology, we deliver our best to each patient every day. Last 12 years we are doing angiography and angioplasty through the radial artery is 90% of cases. This year out team of Cardiologist have gone one step forward to give better patient comfort and safety by offering “anatomical snuff box approach”.

An angiography is used to remove blockages from the heart. Finger angiographies are preferred when performing coronary angiogram and interventions as they are safe and effective. Shorter hospital stay, patient comfort and health benefits are few of the added benefits of a finger angiography. Using this approach doctors are now able to achieve near-perfect procedural success and will have no access-site complications, including no radial artery occlusions, less blood loss, 0% chances of blood and blood product usage. Additionally, Left radial is available for future use in AV fistula or bypass graft if required.

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