Same Day Discharge for Mercy Health - The Heart Institute Patients Undergoing Radial Catheterization at West Hospital

(CINCINNATI; August 12, 2015) – When it comes to determining the source of chest pains or abnormal results from a stress test or echocardiogram, doctors may perform a diagnostic procedure known as cardiac catheterization through either the femoral artery, which runs through the upper thigh, or the radial artery, which runs through the wrist. Both types of these cardiac catheterizations are available widely throughout Cincinnati from physicians with Mercy Health – The Heart Institute.

Cardiac catheterization involves inserting a catheter through an artery to reach the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart. Dye is then injected into the arteries and it shows up on X-rays to help the cardiologist determine where a patient is experiencing restricted blood flow in the heart. The cardiologist can then relieve this obstruction with stents or balloon inflation.

For patients who qualify, catheterization through the radial artery approach is safe and effective and it is rapidly becoming the procedure of choice for patients of Timothy Brennan, MD, Abhijit Desai, MD and Anil Verma, MD, all Mercy Health Physicians and cardiologists with Mercy Health – The Heart Institute, West.

The cardiologists note the following advantages for patients taking having this procedure:
• There is less risk for bleeding and infection
• Patients can sit up in bed immediately following the procedure
• We are able to discharge patients from the hospital on the same day they have a radial catheterization and intervention that clears the obstruction
• There is only a three-day restriction on lifting and other activity

“As cardiologists with Mercy Health - The Heart Institute, we want to do what’s best and safest for our patients,” says Dr. Brennan. “If radial catheterization is an option for a patient, Drs. Desai, Verma and I will suggest it since it decreases the risk for bleeding and complications and patients can go home the same day. We also find high satisfaction rates among patients who have a radial intervention.”

To learn more about Drs. Brennan, Verma and Desai or to schedule an appointment, please call 513-215-9200. To learn more about the services provided by Mercy Health – The Heart Institute, please visit

Mercy Health – The Heart Institute offers many innovative approaches to heart care, including radial intervention. Patients with heart disease often have complex needs. Mercy Health – The Heart Institute provides patients with cutting-edge technology to both diagnose and treat heart disease. Whether a patient needs a non-invasive technique, interventional procedure, vein therapy or surgery, The Heart Institute’s team is committed to providing the highest quality care. The Heart Institute’s unique care approach follows the patient into good health by providing the appropriate rehabilitation, outpatient follow-up and education about how to stay healthy and prevent further complications.

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