Welcome to the Department of Cardiology at Heidelberg University Hospital
The Department of Cardiology, Angiology, and Pneumology at Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the leading university cardiology departments in Germany, meaning our team has a great deal of experience in the most common examination methods and in the sophisticated treatment of various cardiovascular diseases. Through our research activity, we are continually working to further improve the diagnostic and therapeutic options we offer. There are a number of innovative methods we have at our disposal that are only available at a few hospitals.
Every year, we treat about 12,500 inpatients with cardiovascular diseases, perform more than 9,000 heart catheter examinations and treatments, and implant 600 pacemakers and defibrillators. Our 30 examination and procedure rooms are equipped with the latest technical equipment. On the wards, our patients are accommodated in pleasant two-bed rooms with an adjoining bathroom.
We conduct both the “major” heart catheterization examination, also called coronary angiography, via an artery as well as the “minor” heart catheterization examination via a vein. Access is generally via the groin, but in some examinations the catheter can be threaded through an artery in the hand.
Our interventional procedures include
- percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA, expansion of the vessel with a balloon catheter) with stent implantation, rotablation, or atherectomy (removal of atherosclerotic plaque and stenoses of the coronary arteries using a rotating bur),
- angiology interventions in peripheral vessels, pelvic and leg arteries, renal arteries, and the carotid artery (angioplasty with stent implantation or widening the vessel with a balloon catheter),
- electrophysiology treatment:
- Ablation for all arrhythmia disorders, e.g., atrial fibrillations, flutters, WPW syndrome, and atrial and ventricular tachycardia. The latest methods are used, e.g., robot-assisted pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), cryo-pulmonary vein isolation (cryo PVI), and 3D mapping guided ablation of atrial or ventricular tachycardia (CARTO, EnSite NavX).
- Implantation of event recorders to help explain loss of consciousness.
- Fitting with pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators, including cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
- heart valve reconstruction using balloon valvuloplasty,
- implantation of aortic valves via heart catheter (transaortic, transfemoral),
- closure of defects in the heart wall or of patent foramen ovale (PFO),
- and transcoronary ablation of septal hypertrophy (TASH) for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM).
A special feature of Heidelberg University Hospital – we routinely treat certain arrhythmias with a robot-assisted system (Sensei(TM) from Hansen Medical, USA). In this computer-assisted and thus very precise procedure, the physician guides the catheter into the heart from a console and ablates the source of the heart rhythm disorder using a high frequency current (catheter ablation). This method not only increases the precision of the procedure, but also reduces the patient’s exposure to radiation.
Our patients receive treatment that is in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of German and international professional societies and expert commissions.
We wish you a pleasant stay and rapid recovery!
Professor Dr. Hugo Katus
Medical Director of the Department of Cardiology, Angiology, and Pneumology at Heidelberg University Hospital