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Welcome to the Department of Cardiology at the Heidelberg University Hospital

Prof. Dr. Hugo Katus
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The Department of Cardiology, Angiology, and Pneumology at the Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the leading university hospital cardiology services in Germany, with extensive specialized experience in all common methods of diagnosis, and offering the full spectrum of available treatments. Due to the research focus of the hospital, we also have a great interest in continuously improving our range of diagnostic and therapeutic options. As part of this mission, we are able to offer numerous innovative methods that are available in only a few other hospitals.
The department has 30 examination and treatment rooms available, where our patients will find state-of-the-art devices for non-invasive cardiac imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disorders. Our inpatients are accommodated in comfortable double rooms, each with its own bathroom.

Annually, we treat over 12,500 inpatients with cardiovascular disorders, and heart catheterization is used in more than 9,000 examinations and treatments.

Our range of services includes

  • State-of-the-art cardiac imaging:

    • Echocardiography incl. transesophageal 3D echocardiography as well as dynamic and pharmacologic stress echocardiography
    • Computed tomography of the heart and of the coronary arteries (coronary CT)
    • Magnetic resonance imaging of the heart (cardio-MRI)

  • Invasive coronary diagnostic tests and therapy:

    • Coronary angiography incl. intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and measurement of the fractional flow reserve (FFR measurement)
    • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA, widening of the artery by means of a balloon catheter) with stent implantations, rotational atherectomy (drilling or abrading calcified plaque and constrictions of the coronary arteries

  • Invasive diagnostic tests and therapy of peripheral artery occlusive disease:

    • Angiologic interventions in the peripheral, pelvic and leg arteries, renal arteries and the carotid artery (angioplasty with stent placements or a widening of the blood vessel using a balloon catheter)
    • Differential diagnostic tests and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias:
    • Ablation of all cardiac arrhythmias, e.g., atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, WPW syndrome,  atrial and ventricular tachycardia using state-of-the art methods, e.g., robotically assisted pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) ablation, cryo-pulmonary vein isolation ablation (cryo-PVI), 3D-mapping guided ablation of atrial or ventricular tachycardias (CARTO, EnSite NavX)
    • Implantation of event recorders to clarify disorders of consciousness
    • Placement of pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators incl. cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

  • Minimally invasive therapy of heart valve diseases:

    • Heart valve reconstruction with balloon valvuplasty
    • Implantation of aortic valves via cardiac cathetherization (transaortal, transfemoral)
    • Repair of the mitral valve  with cardiac catheterization (“Mitra-Clip”)

  • Interventional therapy with heart defects and other complex cardiovascular diseases:

    • Closure of septal defects or of a patent foramen ovale
    • Closure of the atrial auricle in patients with atrial fibrillation and contraindications to treatment using Marcumar or other anticoagulants
    • Transcoronary alcohol septal ablation (TASH) for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM)
    • Renal denervation for refractory arterial hypertension

  • Treatment of advanced heart failure in our Advanced Heart Failure Unit with the latest therapies to support heart function through to heart transplants

We wish you a pleasant stay and a quick recovery! 

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Hugo Katus

Medical Director of the Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pneumology at Heidelberg University Hospital