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Man’s Heart Cath Placed thru Wrist

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Brian Adams

Battling heart disease and diabetes for years, Johnny Braden of Caryville, 67, had angioplasty in 1990 and a number of cardiac stents installed after that, the most recent in August at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

A cardiac stent is a tiny metal mesh cylinder that props open a blood vessel in the heart muscle to open up a blockage.

Dr. Brian Adams, an interventional cardiologist, is one of a few physicians in the Knoxville area trained to insert stents through the smaller radial artery in the wrist instead, a procedure called transradial PCI.

Learn more about transradial PCI.