This program is geared toward healthcare professionals seeking to gain confidence in performing percutaneous coronary procedures via the radial approach. Participants will discuss the safety and economic benefits of using radial over femoral access and will be introduced to proper technique, device selection, and cath lab set-up. Vascular anatomy will be reviewed and attendees will view live transradial simulation case presentations. Focus is placed on complication recognition and prevention, as well as using the approach in complex disease.

This program is not accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME).

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the advantages of transradial access in percutaneous coronary procedures
  • Understand optimal patient selection and vascular anatomy for transradial procedures
  • Discuss methods of preventing complications such as radial artery occlusion during a transradial procedure

Target Audience

This program is designed for interventional cardiologists, fellows, nurses and technologists.

Activity Evaluation

Evaluation by questionnaire will address content, presentation, and future educational needs.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. Discussion of off-label product usage is made at the sole discretion of the faculty. Off-label product discussion and usage is not endorsed by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation or the course directors of this activity.

Program Sponsorship and Support

This program is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and funded through an educational grant from Medtronic, Inc. The Cardiovascular Research Foundation ensures that its programs are educational and meet the needs of the target audience.

Sunshine Act

This activity is not CME accredited and therefore the supporter is required under the Sunshine Act to report the support given to this program, including meals and expenses that are provided to you. In order to help supporters comply with the Sunshine Act, the names and contact information of all US licensed physicians participating in this function will be provided to the supporter of this program. The information provided will be used for reporting purposes only.





Olivier Bertrand, MD, PhD

Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec
Québec, Canada

Adhir Shroff, MD, MPH

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System
Chicago, IL

Invited Faculty

Ian Gilchrist, MD

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Jeffrey Schussler, MD

Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Bernadette Speiser, RN

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Chicago, IL


Times are Central Time.

7:25 am
Breakfast, Welcome, and Introductions
Olivier Bertrand and Adhir Shroff
7:30 am
Now Is the Time for Radial in the United States: Clinical, Economic, and Quality-of-Life Incentives
8:00 am
Patient Screening and Room Setup
Bernadette Speiser
8:15 am
Radial Access
Jeffrey Schussler
8:30 am
All Paths Lead to Rome: Navigating the Vascular Anatomy of the Arm, Arch Vessels, and Aorta
Adhir Shroff
9:00 am
Transradial Diagnostic and Guiding Catheters: Optimizing Engagement and Support
Olivier Bertrand
9:30 am
Challenging PCI Cases – Rotational Atherectomy/Graft Interventions
Adhir Shroff
10:00 am
10:15 am
Developing a Transradial Primary PCI Program
10:45 am
Right Heart Catheterization From the Arm
Ian Gilchrist
11:15 am
Winning Your Staff Over – How to Do It Effectively
Bernadette Speiser
11:45 am
12:00 pm
Lunch With Case Reviews
All Faculty
1:30 pm
Radial Artery Hemostasis and Avoiding Radial Artery Occlusion
Jeffrey Schussler
2:00 pm
Bigger and Smaller: Strategies for Success With Smaller and Larger Guides
Ian Gilchrist
2:30 pm
Recognition and Management of TRI Complications
Olivier Bertrand
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
Case Reviews, Panel Discussion, and Audience Q&A
4:30 pm

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