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Cardiac Catheterisation

The first cardiac catheterisation was undertaken by Verney Cable on 14/12/1951.  This was a (R) heart study on a 27yr old man with CCF.  He died two months later and at autopsy was found to have a dilated cardiomyopathy.  (It is likely that this investigation was done to exclude pericardial disease.)
Verney undertook at total of 14 procedures, all (R) heart studies, the last on 25/8/1953.
This patient group comprised:

  • 7 patients with mitral stenosis
  • 5 patients with CCF
  • 1 patient with Tetralogy of Fallot
  • 1 patient with a persistent ductus arteriosus

Marshall Luke, who was a medical registrar at that time, recalls Verney Cable's excitement on 11/1/1952 (cather #3) when the catheter passed direct from RV to ascending aorta in a 21yr old man with Tetralogy of Fallot.

Cath Lab location

Cath Lab staff

Cath Lab equipment

Cath Lab screening and angiography