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Heart stent via wrist is less invasive

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - This new procedure is not widely used, but some doctors have implemented it. It's inserting a heart stent through the wrist instead of through the leg.

Doctors often insert tiny wire mesh tubes called stents to prop open clogged or narrowed arteries and they typically go through a large artery in the groin to get there. But going through the wrist lowers bleeding complications up to 80 percent. Recovery is much quicker and some patients go home the same day.

The surgery does take a lot of precision. The wrist artery is much smaller than the leg artery. Cardiologists at Ohio State University Medical Center are among the first in the country to perform stenting through the wrist.

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