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Tools & Techniques: choice and use of guiding catheters

EuroIntervention 2010;6:543-544.

1. Interventional Cardiology unit, Conegliano Hospital, Conegliano, Italy; 2. EuroPCR, Toulouse, France
Introduction

In this chapter of Tools & Techniques we discuss key points for choosing and correctly using a guiding catheter. Our aim is not to establish rules but, to develop a step-by-step decision tree, to help operators through the selection process, according to their own personal experience and specific features of the procedures involved.

The following is an introduction and summary for the selection of catheters for the left and right coronaries, arterial and venous grafts, as well as radial and brachial access. Catheter handling and complications related to the guiding catheter will also be discussed. The complete, ...

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