Anaesthesia and the cardiac catheterisation laboratory

  • M E A Kemp University of the Witwatersrand


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death globally.1 In 2015, 31% of all deaths worldwide were due to CVD, and of these deaths three quarters occurred in middle and low-income countries. Therefore, there are many patients who will require diagnostic and interventional procedures in Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories (cath labs). Hackett2 estimates that 700 to 800 patients per million of the population will require a session in a cath lab per year. While the cath lab is primarily the domain of the cardiologist, radiologist or vascular surgeon, many of the patients also require anaesthesia services because of their age, medical condition or because of the complexity and length of the interventional procedures that are now being performed.

Author Biography

M E A Kemp, University of the Witwatersrand
Department of Anaesthesia Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital University of the Witwatersrand
FCA Refresher Course