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Dr. Richard Heuser was featured on ABC-15 Arizona for an innovative and groundbreaking Radial Access procedure.

At Phoenix Heart Center – and a select few interventional cardiology practices around the country – a new approach is replacing the femoral artery catheterization process. The new cardiac catheterization approach, known as Radial First or Radial PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), uses the patient’s radial artery, located on the wrist.

Fewer than two percent of interventional cardiologists nationwide use this approach. However, the radial approach is the new preferred method for most cardiac catheterization procedures for a number of reasons, including less blood loss and faster patient recovery times.

Patients wanting more information about Radial First cardiac catheterization may contact Phoenix Heart Center to request a cardiovascular consultation.

About Richard R. Heuser, MD, FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI

Dr. Heuser is an internationally-recognized cardiologist and inventor. He is one of the early pioneers of the angioplasty procedure.

With nearly 30 patents granted or pending for different catheters, stents and other medical devices, Dr. Heuser has served as principal investigator to research the safety and/or effectiveness of more than 100 medical devices and more than 70 pharmaceutical products. In addition to participating in the more than 150 research studies, Dr. Heuser has authored more than 400 articles, textbooks and medical manuscripts, and is frequently invited to international medical conferences to present the findings of research developed in Phoenix.

Phoenix Heart Center offers five Valley locations, each providing the physicians on the medical staff with immediate access to additional advanced technology and facilities recognized for delivering high quality heart care. Patients can book with Dr. Heuser using the Physician Group of Arizona online appointment service or by calling Phoenix Heart Center at (602) 234-0004.

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