We practically talked about ‘’the angio method’’ which is treated by arm in Istanbul

University Cardiology Institute with Deputy Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yıldız.

This method is applied into approximately 750 patients in Turkey’s first and only

cardiology-only institute, Istanbul University Cardiology Institute.

Angio through arm shortens the patient’s stay duration in clinic and its applicability is

very easy. At the present time, in the treatment of heart-vein diseases this diagnosis

and treatment method is frequently preffered by doctors. Angio through arm is

applied twenty-four-seven to the patients in Istanbul University Cardiology Institute.

Istanbul University Cardiology Institute Deputy Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Mustafa

Yıldız answered wondered questions about the method.

“The Possibility of Complication Is Lower”

Prof. Dr. Yıldız indicated, “In terms of patient-doctor comfort and stay duration in

hospital, angio through arm method is more advantageous than angio through groin

which is an old method. Patients who are treated with angio through arm are more

comfortable and feel less pain during the treatment. He also said that, ‘’ in angio

through arm, the possibility of complication incidance is lower than angio through

groin. Also the the possibility of bleeding is lower after the treatment because arm

vein is closer to the surface and there is a bone tissue behind it. In angio through

groin, the situation is more different and in treatment controlling the bleeding can be

hard and therefore patient must lie back for a long time (about 6 hours). This creates

a negative effect for the patient’s comfort. Stating that they first evaluate the patient

whether he/she is suitable for angio through arm, Prof. Dr. Yıldız said that they make

a local cleaning and local anaesthesia, and then the process is completed with

getting into the vein and inserting a tube into the vein using a technique named


Saying that the method of angio through arm has been performed ever since 80’s,

Prof. Dr. Yıldız continued: “This practice gained speed in 90’s. The short period of

process, patient’s being more comfortable and his/her feeling less pain, and the

percentage of complications being less, made this practice more common. Thus the

hospitalisation period is shortened. We usually discharge the patients to whom we

performed angio through arm within two hours after the operation.”

“The Method Can Be Practiced More Than Once”

Remarking that the method of angio through arm can be practiced more than once

and it is possible to practice on the other arm occasionally, Prof. Dr. Yıldız said that in

some cases there may be a constriction which is called vasospasm on the vein and

this might cause pain. He said that this method cannot be practiced on some

patients. Because of the possibility of opening a fistule on the veins, and also if there

is a complication on the vein zone on which angio will be practiced after the trauma,

Prof. Dr. Yıldız said the practice cannot be operated on haemodialysed patients with

chronic renal failure.

Prof. Dr. Yıldız said that this method is especially applicable considering all the

specifications of it, which are the patient’s comfort, the doctor’s comfort,

hospitalisation period and total cost, and thanks to this method, patients can go back

to their normal lives and daily routines in a short span of time.

Translators: Bilge ATASEVER, Merve Ceren EROĞLU

IU Directorate of Press and Public Relations


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