Guiding Catheter Aids Transradial Access Navigation


September 28, 2010

Specifically designed for right radial access, the Heartrail III Coronary Guiding Catheter maximizes transradial interventional procedures for use in both the left or right coronary artery.

Heartrail III guiding catheters offer both Ikari and TIG radial tip shapes that provide five distinct benefits:

• A curve design that specifically addresses the backup support needed in a guiding catheter that is missing from many catheters that are used from the right radial access.

• Bigger lumen size (6 Fr., 1.8 mm inner diameter) features a larger lumen as well as lower device friction to accommodate bigger stents and balloons without having to change out catheters.

• Flexible shaft design offers better trackability, even in tortuous vessels.

• Superior torque control offers smooth handling for accurate engagement of the artery.

• High radiopacity enhances visibility to allow accurate tip positioning in coronary ostium.

The Heartrail guide catheters are Terumo’s initial attempt to bring physicians specific tools that will help facilitate procedural outcomes when accessing the coronaries from the right radial artery. The Ikari catheters were designed to be “Judkin’s-like” with good backup support, something that the traditional femoral shape catheters don’t offer from the right radial access.

The device was released in the United States in September 2010. The Heartrail Guiding catheter is also available in Europe and Asia.

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