Evidence-Based Practices in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Published: June 30, 2021

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  • Cardiac catheterization procedures have rapidly evolved and expanded in scope and technique over the past few decades.
  • Some periprocedural practices have emerged based on evidence; however, traditions have persisted based on beliefs and theoretical concerns.
  • This AHA scientific statement highlights common preprocedural, intraprocedural, and postprocedural catheterization laboratory practices where evidence has accumulated over the past few decades to support or discount traditionally held practices.