Department of Internal Medicine

Cardiology

Clinical Responsibilities

Clinical Service:
The staff in the Division of Cardiology provides a comprehensive cardiac service to all 3 teaching hospitals:
  1. Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital,
  2. Chris-Hani-Baragwanath Hospital,
  3. Helen Joseph Hospital.
Besides the consultations the service includes the following:
  1. electrocardiography,
  2. echocardiography,
  3. stress testing,
  4. cardiac catheterization,
  5. Interventional cardiac catheterization:
    1. Angioplasty,
    2. Coronary stenting,
    3. Balloon mitral valvuloplasty,
    4. Intravascular Ultrasound,
    5. Intracoronary Doppler pressure measurement,
  6. holter monitoring,
  7. electrophysiological testing,
  8. cardiac pacing
Collectively an average of 35,000 patients (outpatients, admissions, other ward consultations) is seen yearly in the various hospitals and the annual procedure performance currently averages:
  1. 10,000 transthoracic studies,
  2. 1000 trans-oesophageal studies,
  3. 1200 ECG Holter monitorings,
  4. 1600 cardiac catheterisation procedures. These would include basic cardiac catheterization as well as all interventional procedures listed above