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Principles of Diagnosis and Intervention in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab CARD 4370

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Course

Course details

​A comprehensive course on cardiac catheterization diagnostic and intervention principles representing the essentials necessary for a practicing cardiovascular technologist. Examines concepts of cardiac catheterization with specific orientation to cardiac angiography, hemodynamics, calculations of cardiac values, and general lab practices. Also presents aspects of congenital cardiac catheterization, and other diagnostic modalities such as IVUS and FFR. Complications and common medications in the lab are also highlighted.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of CARD 4370 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 46419


Tue Sep 05 - Fri Dec 15 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 46419
  • $1330.76
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 05 - Dec 15 N/A N/A Online

Elaine Krieger

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Guided learning format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. This online Learning Hub course is for students in the Cardiac Sciences Cardiovascular Technology Option program. Students are responsible for ensuring prerequisite courses are completed PRIOR to registration. See course description for a list of individual prerequisites. IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is available on an individual course basis for those who wish to take continuing education credits. Registration does not imply admission into the program. This course may be subject to cancellation if registration numbers are low.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and dynamics found in the cath lab.
  • Explain the indications and the contraindications for diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations.
  • Describe the equipment, supplies and techniques required for diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations.
  • Describe the techniques and equipment to assist with interventions, such as Rotational atherectomy, thrombectomy, and embolic protection devices.
  • Describe the techniques and equipment for special procedures such as CTOs and Septal ablations.
  • Describe the techniques and equipment for Structural heart procedures.
  • Describe the techniques and equipment for Cardiac Support procedures.
  • Identify normal and abnormal cardiac indices, pressures, and saturations in the cardiopulmonary system.
  • Perform calculations on recorded data in order to establish the diagnosis of specific abnormal pathophysiology.
  • Understand Pediatric congenital anatomy and pathophysiology.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal cardiopulmonary anatomy obtained from angiograms.
  • Describe other Diagnostic modalities found in the Cath lab and their indications.
  • Understand the complications experienced in the cath lab and what can be done when they happen.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

Principles of Diagnosis and Intervention in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab (CARD 4370) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Cardiac Sciences (Cardiovascular Technology Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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