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Int J Cardiol. 2008 Nov 12;130(2):e83-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2007.11.105. Epub 2008 Feb 5.

Is high body mass index associated with increased risk of groin complications using manual compression after diagnostic coronary angiography?


There is a common perception that high body mass index (BMI) is associated with an increased risk of bleeding complications at the site of femoral puncture when manual compression is used for achieving hemostasis. Because of lack of evidence to support or refute this, we conducted a study to assess whether raised BMI is associated with increased risk of groin complications. 15 cases of groin complications after manual compression over 2 years and 40 controls were each divided into 3 groups according to BMI. Baseline characteristics of cases and controls were similar. High BMI was not found to be associated with increased risk of groin complications, suggesting that manual compression is safe and effective in patients with raised BMI.

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