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Room 317, 3rd Floor,
Medical School, 719 Umbilo Rd,
Congella, Durban

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Division of Medicine,
Medical School,
Private Bag 7, Congella,
South Africa 4013

Department of Cardiology: Admissions Criteria
Adults: Criteria for Admission as an Inpatient

Entry Criteria


  1. All emergency admissions to initially be discussed with the consultant on call.

  2. Valvular heart disease requiring workup for cardiac surgery ¡V ill decompensated patient not improving on medical management.

  3. Congenital heart disease requiring workup for surgery.

  4. Patients requiring diagnostic cardiac catheterisation.

  5. Ischaemic Heart Disease ¡V post myocardial infarction in cardiogenic shock requiring intra aortic balloon pump or with post infarct angina ¡V emergency resuscitation.

  6. Ischaemic Heart Disease ¡V post myocardial infarction in catheter based interventions: PMV, Amplatzer, PTCA, IVUS, stent.

  7. Patients requiring permanent pacemaker implantation.

  8. Patient with acute myocardial infarction for planned PTCA ¡V to be confirmed telephonically with consultant.

  9. Uncontrolled arrhythmias requiring specialist supervised medical treatment or electrophysiological studies.

  10. Selected patients with pericardial, myocardial or endocardial disease requiring special investigations, e.g. hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM), arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia for biopsy, infiltrative myocardial disease, constrictive pericarditis.

  11. Ill patients requiring stabilization.

  12. Transplant assessment workup.

Exit Criteria


  1. All planned investigations completed and a satisfactory diagnosis and management plan has been made, provided no immediate intervention or surgery anticipated.

  2. Selected patients requiring further specialist follow-up and intervention or surgery will be called back for Outpatient follow-up.

  3. Post catheterization/intervention/surgery patients in stable and satisfactory condition.

  4. Every patient discharged will be followed up by the referral hospital.

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