The Cath lab at Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH) has automated a catheterization laboratory, commonly known as a Cath lab. This is a specialized area in the cardiology unit of the Hospital where doctors will perform minor tests and advanced cardiac procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases.

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The Cath lab is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology used to view the arteries and check how well blood is flowing to and from the heart.

Cath labs are an important part of treating heart conditions. A doctor may send a patient to a Cath lab to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease, heart attacks, chest pain, congestive heart failure, peripheral (limb) vascular disease, pulmonary hypertension, and even pulmonary embolisms, also known as blood clots.

The Cath lab is staffed by a team of various specialists led by a cardiologist who uses the information from the tests to diagnose and treat blockages and other problems in the arteries often without the patient needing to undergo surgery.

The cardiac catheterization procedure itself involves threading a long, thin tube, called a catheter, through an artery or vein in the leg or arm and into the heart.

Sometimes a cardiac catheterization is performed due to an emergency such as a heart attack in progress. Other times, a cardiac catheterization, also known as an angiogram, is performed as a diagnostic tool to check for blockages if the physician suspects one may have coronary artery disease.

The Cath Lab at KUTRRH marks another milestone in the Hospital’s journey toward quality patient-centered care in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a wide range of health challenges currently attended to at the Level 6 Hospital.

KUTRRH also began performing open-heart surgeries at the end of April 2022 and is now conducting cardio clinics for patients with cardio challenges every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.