Dott. Orazio Valsecchi

Scientific Coordinator Club Radiale 2014-2016

A letter to Club Radiale


Allen’s test does not hail its name from the witty director but from a scientist that proposed it in 1929 as a method of diagnosis of chronic occlusive arterial lesions distal to the wrist in thromboangiitis obliterans....

The STEMI-RADIAL trial is a multicenter randomized trial comparing radial and femoral approaches in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary PCI. The primary endpoint was the cumulative incidence of vascular...

This paper focuses on the advantages of transradial percutaneous interventions (TRI) in the setting of ST-segment myocardial infarction (STEMI). The authors report the evidence of reduced bleeding and mortality with TRI compared to...

The present document is a consensus opinion on the “best pratice” for radial procedures. Three topics were selected as the focus of the consensus: 1) radial artery occlusion; 2) radiation exposure; 3) transradial approach for primary...


Treatment of arterial spasm and management of tortuosity and anatomical variations of the brachial-radial and brachiocephalic-subclavian axes

Orazio Valsecchi, Director of Cardiology 2, Interventional Diagnostics, Ospedali Riuniti - Bergamo

Radial spasm can be defined as a more or less localised reduction in artery diameter leading to a decrease in flow downstream.
While this situation is not in itself serious, it may compromise the success of a transradial procedure due to...

Radial approach complications and their management

Angelina Vassileva, Cardiologia 2 Diagnostica Interventistica, Ospedali Riuniti – Bergamo

In recent years the radial approach has become increasingly popular as an access route for coronary and endovascular diagnostic and operative procedures. This is due to a number of factorsincluding greater patient comfort, easier post-procedure...

Patient preparation and setting up the cath lab

Mauro De Benedictis, Ospedale Mauriziano, Torino

It is important for the cath lab staff to have adequate information and training to be able to implement the small but significant differences in preparation between the transradial and transfemoral approaches.

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