Team of Medical Experts
The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab) is one of the premier services of the hospital, renowned for its technological advances and expertise in cardiac care and is equipped with X-ray and monitoring facilities.
Since its opening on 7th January 1995, the Cath Lab provides essential services in the management and treatment of patients with coronary artery diseases i.e. invasive cardiac services, offering advanced technology for the diagnosis of a wide range of cardiac disorders and interventional procedures such as balloon angioplasty, stenting and other procedures to open blocked vessels. We also provide emergency angioplasty for acute ST elevation myocardial infarction.
Who performs the procedures at our Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory?
The procedures are performed by our skilled invasive Cardiologists and trained healthcare professionals. The cardiologists and our staff work closely to provide high-quality care in a patient-friendly setting. The cohesive team ensures a smooth continuum of services for our patients.
All cardiac catheterisation procedures are done with an in-house cardiac surgical team on standby for maximum patient safety. Our dedicated trained team of nurses and radiographers are available after office hours and weekends to support our cardiologists to provide emergency diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures.
What to expect in the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory?
You need to be admitted and fasting is required. You may be given a sedative to help you relax, but you’ll be awake and able to follow instructions during the procedure. Your heart rate, rhythm and blood pressure will be continuously monitored throughout the procedure.
The estimated time taken for cardiac catheterisation procedures is 30-45 minutes for routine diagnostic coronary angiography and 1-2 hours for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
If you usually wear a hearing aid, wear it during your procedure. If you wear glasses, bring them to your appointment too.
Once back in your room, instructions / advice will vary depending on the type of cardiac catheterisation procedure that has been performed. The nurse will continue to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure.
Arrange to have someone drive you home after your procedure.
Cardiac Catheterisation is a procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. During this procedure, a long thin tube called a catheter is inserted in an artery or vein in your arm or groin and threaded through your blood vessels to your heart.
During a coronary angiography procedure, a liquid dye which is visible by x-ray is injected into the heart and its arteries. This allows the cardiologist to see their anatomy and function on an x-ray screen.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
A non-surgical procedure that relieves narrowing of coronary arteries which includes the use of balloons, stents and atherectomy devices.
Team of Medical Experts
Internal Medicine & Cardiology
Cardiothoracic Surgery – Adult
Location: 1st Floor (within the Main Operating Theatre Complex)
Telephone: +60 6285 2843 / +60 6285 2999 (Ext 3310)
8:30am – 5:30pm (Monday – Friday)
8:30am – 12.30pm (Saturday)
* The trained personnel are on call 24/7 to respond to any cardiac emergency that may arise.