Cardiac catheterisation unit

Services offered

The cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab) provides a 24-hour service for any cardio-thoracic case. Specialists and qualified radiologists handle all procedures. A state-of-the-art cardiac catheterisation machine is housed on the 8th floor of the building. This highly specialised machine, often used in emergency situations, is used to perform angiograms and stenting of the coronary arteries.

The following procedures are performed in the Arwyp cath lab:

  • Cerebral angiograms
  • Peripheral angiograms
  • Left/right ventricle angiograms
  • PTCA of the coronary arteries
  • Stenting of the coronary arteries
  • Rotablator procedure
  • Cutting balloon technique
  • Temporary pacing leads
  • Permanent pacing box

Doctors attached to the unit

Cardiologist Cardiologist / Specialist Physician
Dr. Jean-Paul Foccart
Blockhouse Medical Suites
011 922 1253

Cardiologist Cardiologist / Specialist Physician
Dr. Vladimer Grigorov
Blockhouse Medical Suites
011 922 1278

Dr. Andre' Roodt
Blockhouse Medical Suites
011 970 3380

More about the cath lab

The importance of the heart as central to the functioning of the body underlines the importance of this department within the hospital. The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body. It beats an average of 100 000 times a day and pumps about 25 litres of blood per minute. To handle this enormous amount of work, the heart muscle requires a continuous supply of oxygen and other nutrients from the blood.

Things can go wrong with the heart and often do. Angina is when a coronary artery has narrowed. Pain will go away with rest and medication. This differs from patient to patient. A heart attack is when there is a blockage or damage in one of the arteries. Pain lasts longer than 30 minutes and will not go away with rest or the use of nitro-glycerine. Most heart attack patients are admitted to a hospital with a coronary care unit and cardiologists. Arwyp is one of these hospitals.

Arwyp's Dr. Vladimir Grigorov participated in a scientific study and this article was published in the top European journal for cardiology.