Hospital Bogenhausen Munich
Department of Cardiology (280)
Specialized in: cardiology
About the department
The Department of Cardiology at the Hospital Bogenhausen Munich offers all the options of modern medicine for the diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The department specializes in drug therapy and interventional catheter-assisted procedures. To provide patients with the required surgical treatment, cardiologists cooperate closely with cardiac surgeons. The department's specialists use in their clinical practice only modern and highly effective treatment methods. The department has a Chest Pain Unit, which deals with the treatment of acute coronary syndrome and myocardial infarction. The Chest Pain Unit is certified in accordance with the requirements of the German Cardiac Society. In addition, the department has certificates from the German Cardiac Society in the field of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for aortic stenosis treatment, as well as in the treatment of atrial fibrillation and mitral valve pathologies. The department annually treats more than 5,700 patients with heart diseases. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Ellen Hoffmann.
The department is often visited by patients with suspected coronary artery disease. If the results of imaging and laboratory diagnostics confirm the diagnosis, the specialists perform catheter-assisted treatment of coronary stenoses and occlusions. Balloon dilation and stent implantation are the most effective procedures for restoring blood flow in the coronary vessels. If stent implantation is indicated for the patient, the doctors use modern drug-eluting stents or bioresorbable stents. When performing interventional procedures, the doctors use intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography to control the delivery of a stent or balloon to the affected area of the coronary vessel and to securely fix them. In especially complex cases, the doctors resort to rotablation.
The department's team of cardiologists is proud of its rich experience and outstanding success in the treatment of aortic valve pathologies. One of the most common pathologies is aortic valve stenosis. The department's specialists successfully carry out sparing interventional treatment using an innovative technique – transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The procedure is performed on a beating heart, without the use of a heart-lung machine. The undeniable advantages of this treatment method include speedy recovery after the intervention and minimal risks to the patient's health. The TAVI procedure is an excellent alternative to classic surgery, especially for elderly patients and patients with contraindications for open surgery. The cardiologists together with cardiac surgeons cooperatively perform more than 100 TAVI procedures every year, giving patients with aortic valve disease the opportunity to avoid open surgery and at the same time to get rid of the disease forever.
An equally important focus of the department's cardiologists is the treatment of mitral regurgitation using the MitraClip catheter-assisted technique. The main advantage of the procedure is its minimal invasiveness, thanks to which the patient can quickly recover and return to a full life. In addition, the department's specialists successfully perform mitral valvuloplasty, which involves the use of a balloon catheter to eliminate mitral valve stenosis and restore normal blood flow.
The department's service range is complemented by the diagnostics and treatment of arrhythmias: atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and other pathologies. The main therapeutic options in this field include drug therapy, catheter ablation, cryoablation and electrical cardioversion. In case of severe forms of arrhythmia, the patient requires the implantation of a pacemaker or defibrillator, which is performed in cooperation with cardiac surgeons.
The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following cardiovascular diseases:
- Coronary diseases
- Aortic valve stenosis
- Mitral valve regurgitation
- Mitral valve stenosis
- Angina pectoris
- Arterial hypertension
- Hypertensive crisis
- Brugada syndrome
- Ischemic heart disease
- Long QT syndrome
- Sinus tachycardia
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Atrioventricular block
- Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia
- Supraventricular and ventricular premature beats
- Atrial flutter
- Early repolarization syndrome
- Other heart diseases
The department's range of medical services includes:
- Non-invasive diagnostics
- Electrocardiography, including stress electrocardiography and ECG Holter monitoring
- Echocardiography and stress echocardiography
- Positron emission tomography
- Cardiac MRI with pharmacological stress test
- CT angiography
- Cardiac CT
- Cardiac MRI
- Invasive diagnostics
- Left heart catheterization (coronary angiography and ventriculography)
- Combined left and right heart catheter-assisted diagnostics
- Intravascular ultrasound
- Optical coherence tomography of the coronary vessels
- Fractional flow reserve measurement
- Intracoronary pressure measurement
- Pulmonary angiography
- Myocardial biopsy
- Catheter-assisted therapeutic procedures
- Balloon dilatation (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty)
- Coronary stent implantation (drug-eluting stents and bioresorbable stents)
- Balloon valvuloplasty
- MitraClip procedure
- Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation
- Cardiohelp therapy for cardiogenic shock
- Other diagnostic and therapeutic options
Prof. Dr. med. Ellen Hoffmann is the Head of the Department of Cardiology and Pulmonology at the Hospital Bogenhausen Munich. She enjoys a reputation as an internationally renowned cardiologist. Of particular clinical interest to the specialist is cardiac catheterization, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and coronary stenting.
Dr. Hoffmann is also actively involved in research activities, which mainly focus on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, for example, the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation using 3D mapping systems (Carto 3, NAVX), supraventricular arrhythmia ablation.
Prof. Ellen Hoffmann has extensive experience in the implantation if single- and dual-chamber pacemakers, defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy, balloon dilatation for coronary occlusion, transcatheter aortic valve implantation, interventional procedures to close patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defects, mitral valve clipping in the case of its insufficiency.
Photo of the doctor: (c) München Klinik Bogenhausen
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