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Why is recovery easier after radial-artery catheterization?

“Overall, the safety benefits of using the radial artery outweigh the downsides,” says UCLA cardiologist William Suh, M.D. “But the most tangible benefit to the patient is after the procedure.” People who receive femoral-artery catheterization are required to lie flat on their back with their legs straight for up to six hours to allow the artery to heal, he explains. Following radial-artery catheterization, the patient is able to sit up, walk and eat immediately. This is a particular advantage for those who suffer from low-back pain.

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