Outdated cardiac catheterisation practices 'need overhaul'

New US guidance challenges traditional practices in the lab that are no longer warranted

Cardiac catheterisation is rife with entrenched practices devoid of robust evidence, according to cardiologists who have developed new guidance for the American Heart Association.

Intervenionalist in the cath lab

Updating traditional practices in light of evolving evidence could improve patient care, avoid complications and reduce cost, they suggest.

The AHA team questions the “age-old” practice of patients being required to have ‘nil by mouth’ for many hours before an invasive