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Introduction 

Introduction
Chapter:
Introduction
Author(s):

Andrew R.J. Mitchell

, Nick E.J. West

, Paul Leeson

, and Adrian P. Banning

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199295791.003.0001
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date: 14 October 2019

Background 2

Definitions 2

History of cardiac catheterization 2

Indications for cardiac catheterization 4

Indications for coronary angiography 6

Radiation safety 8

Patient preparation 12

Catheter laboratory preparation 14

In the last couple of decades there has been a progressive increase in the provision of invasive cardiology techniques and access to coronary revascularization, particularly percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). These techniques are largely learnt by apprenticeship with the training guided by the skills and beliefs of the trainer. For the training cardiologist (and also for the fully trained), it is important to have an independent reference guide for performing and interpreting cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography studies. This handbook has been written to provide key points, hints and tips to the reader in an easily accessible style....

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