Radial artery occlusion after transradial procedures: impact on 1-year adverse events

Minerva Cardiol Angiol. 2023 Aug;71(4):414-420. doi: 10.23736/S2724-5683.22.06112-9. Epub 2022 Dec 5.


Background: Radial artery occlusion after transradial procedures is a frequent iatrogenic thrombotic process. The impact on prognosis has not been investigated. This study sought to investigate whether radial artery occlusion is related to increased risk of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events, defined as death, myocardial infarction, stroke and coronary revascularization.

Methods: Eight hundred thirty-seven consecutive patients who underwent a transradial coronary procedure had patency of radial artery checked at 24 hours. Radial artery occlusion occurred in 41 over 837 patients (4.8%); 764 (91.2%) were available for planned follow-up at 1 year and were included in the analysis. Event-free survival rate between patients with and without radial artery occlusion was calculated using Kaplan-Meier estimates, and Cox proportional-hazards models were used to identify independent risk factors.

Results: At a median 370-day follow-up (IQR: 366-375 days), adverse events occurred in 37 patients (4.8%), 2 in patients with radial artery occlusion and 35 in patients without. One-year survival rate was 94.9% vs. 95% (unadjusted HR=1.026, 95% CI: 0.24 to 4.6, P=0.9). After multivariable modeling, age and coronary artery disease extension was associated with increased risk of adverse events.

Conclusions: Age and coronary artery disease extension were independent predictors of adverse events at follow-up. RAO had no prognostic impact.

MeSH terms

  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases* / etiology
  • Coronary Artery Disease* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Prognosis
  • Radial Artery
  • Vascular Patency