Recent advances in the field of interventional cardiology have allowed for more complex procedures to be performed percutaneously. Ability to obtain safe large bore vascular access is frequently the key factor to procedural success. Meticulous technique for successful vascular access incorporates the understanding of anatomic landmarks, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and micropuncture. Adequate hemostasis at the end of the case can be achieved through careful use of commercially available vascular closure devices. Although access-related vascular complications are uncommon, early recognition is key to successful management. Arterial tortuosity and calcification can present a significant challenge to successful common femoral artery access.
Keywords: Hemostasis; Large bore; Micropuncture needle; Ultrasound guidance; Vascular access.
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