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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 8538149, 3 pages
Case Report

Bradycardia during Transradial Cardiac Catheterization due to Catheter Manipulation: Resolved by Catheter Removal

1Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD, USA
2Sanford Cardiovascular Institute, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Maheedhar Gedela; moc.liamg@aledegrahdeeham

Received 22 September 2016; Revised 6 February 2017; Accepted 23 February 2017; Published 1 March 2017

Academic Editor: Jaw-Wen Chen

Copyright © 2017 Maheedhar Gedela et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To report the resolution of bradycardia encountered during transradial cardiac catheterization through the catheter pullback technique in two cases. Case Report. A 62-year-old male and an 81-year-old male underwent coronary angiogram to evaluate for coronary artery disease and as a result of positive stress test, respectively. Upon engagement of the FL 3.5 catheter into the ascending aorta through the transradial approach, the first case developed bradycardia with a heart rate of 39 beats per minute. The second case developed profound bradycardia with a heart rate of 25 beats per minute upon insertion of the 5 Fr FL 3.5 catheter near the right brachiocephalic trunk through the right radial access. Conclusion. Bradycardia can be subsided by removal of the catheter during catheter manipulation in patients undergoing transradial coronary angiogram if there is a suspicion of excessive stretching of aortic arch receptors and/or carotid sinus receptors.