Evidence-Based Practices in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

Circulation. 2021 Aug 3;144(5):e107-e119. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000996. Epub 2021 Jun 30.


Cardiac catheterization procedures have rapidly evolved and expanded in scope and techniques over the past few decades. However, although some practices have emerged based on evidence, many traditions have persisted based on beliefs and theoretical concerns. The aim of this review is to highlight common preprocedure, intraprocedure, and postprocedure catheterization laboratory practices where evidence has accumulated over the past few decades to support or discount traditionally held practices.

Keywords: AHA Scientific Statements; cardiac catheterization; evidence based; percutaneous coronary intervention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Heart Association
  • Cardiac Catheterization* / methods
  • Cardiac Catheterization* / standards
  • Clinical Laboratory Services
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Evidence-Based Medicine* / methods
  • Evidence-Based Medicine* / standards
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Laboratories, Clinical
  • Perioperative Care / methods
  • Perioperative Care / standards
  • United States