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Cardiology

The main focus of the department is treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

The tasks of the department range from diagnostics and therapy of cardiac diseases in the original meaning of the word (acute or impending cardiac infarction, valvular defect, cardiac insufficiency, arrhythmia as well as the prevention of sudden cardiac death) to risk stratification (diagnostics and stabilisation of high blood pressure, treatment of diabetes and, in collaboration with the department of gastroenterology, dietotherapy).

Together with the department of neurology, we attend on patients suffering from an acute apoplectic stroke on a respective ward. We also provide aftercare for these patients.

The medical intensive care unit (MICU) Is directed by cardiology.

We possess a fully-equipped, digitalised left cardiac catheter laboratory, where treatment of acute cardiac infarction is possible 24-hours a day.

The latest technology in cardiac ultra-sound (echocardiography) with colour-coded display of the blood flow and the possibility of examinations via the oesophagus (transoesophageal echocardiogram TOE) make a non-invasive examination of the heart and the assessment of the function of the myocardium and the cardiac valve possible.

Particularly in case of impaired perfusion, the examination is performed under simulated stress (exercise echocardiography).

Beside the Doppler examination of blood vessels, we can perform colour-coded vascular examinations of arteries as well as veins as to carotid, abdominal and renal vessels as well as the vessels of lower limb, which frequently help avoiding straining examinations with contrast media and x-rays.

ECG and long-term ECG, but also electrophysiological examinations by means of catheters under x-rays help to diagnose and treat arrhythmia. Quite often, the causes of arrhythmia can be eliminated by electric sclerotherapy of the pathways.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is used in patients evidently at risk for life-threatening, recurrent, sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation, emitting an electric shock in case of emergency.

Depending on the cause of the respective arrhythmia, unicameral or bicameral pacemakers are used in patients suffering from bradycardia (too slow heartbeat).

Disturbances of circulation as well as sudden unconsciousness (syncopes) are clarified by means of long-term sphygmomanometry, Schellong's test or tilt test.

We offer pulmonary function tests in terms of spirometry and body plethysmorgraphy, if required, with bronchocele medication (broncholysis).

For further clarification of cardiac endurance we use exercise ECG and right heart catheter (small heart catheter with or without exercise).