The latest cardiology techniques are now available to High Desert residents at St. Mary Medical Center. Huy T. Nguyen, M.D., now performs Trans Radial PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) at St. Mary Medical Center's Cardiac Catheterization Lab. This procedure uses the radial artery in the wrist to access a blocked artery in the heart and also provides better diagnosis for patients.
Trans Radial PCI is a safer and less invasive method to clear a blocked artery when compared to the traditional method of entering through the patient's leg or groin. It is a more comfortable procedure for patients as they do not have to remain in a flat position for several hours but can sit and stand almost immediately following the procedure. There is a worldwide movement to use Trans Radial PCI versus the traditional method due to the recovery results and fewer complications due to bleeding.
"I am pleased to bring this great technique to High Desert patients as it provides them a more comfortable procedure with quality results, allowing them to return to their daily activities sooner," says Dr. Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen came to the High Desert by way of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where he completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology and was trained in Trans Radial PCI. Dr. Nguyen is a cardiologist with High Desert Cardiology.