Eichsfeld Hospital Heilbad Heiligenstadt
Department of Cardiology (114003)
Specialized in: cardiology
About the Department of Cardiology at Eichsfeld Hospital Heilbad Heiligenstadt
The Department of Cardiology at the Eichsfeld Hospital Heilbad Heiligenstadt offers all the options of modern medicine for the diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The key focus is on pharmacotherapy and interventional catheter-based procedures. The department has diagnostic rooms with advanced equipment, an Intensive Care Unit, an Emergency Care Unit and a progressive Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The medical facility has 90 beds for patient hospitalization. The patients with acute coronary syndrome are admitted around-the-clock. The department offers excellent diagnostic options: the full range of cardiac ultrasound examinations, including 3D cardiac ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (in cooperation with the Department of Radiology), coronary angiography and others. The department's cardiologists have all the necessary resources for the comprehensive assessment of the state of the cardiovascular system, which in turn ensures the selection of the most effective treatment regimen. The department's doctors are rightfully proud of the high treatment success rates and make every effort to restore the patient's health. The department is headed by Dr. med. Michael Unzicker.
The therapeutic process begins with comprehensive diagnostics. The patient undergoes basic laboratory tests, heart ultrasound scanning (depending on the particular clinical case, classical echocardiography, transthoracic, transesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography, 3D echocardiography are conducted), electrocardiography, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring. In complex clinical cases, the department's specialists also resort to catheter-based diagnostic procedures, namely coronary angiography. Whenever required, cardiac CT or MRI scanning can be carried out. Once an accurate diagnosis is made, doctors begin treatment planning. If possible, drug therapy becomes an option of choice, but often specialists still have to use cardiac catheterization treatments.
Cardiac catheterization procedures are performed in the high-tech Сardiac Сatheterization Laboratory. Diagnostic catheterization is most often aimed at detecting coronary artery stenosis and obstruction. The therapeutic offer in this field includes coronary artery balloon dilatation, implantation of drug-eluting stents, rotablation, pericardial puncture in case of bleeding or fluid accumulation, implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators, and other manipulations. Cardiac catheterization techniques involve inserting a thin and flexible plastic tube into the heart through an artery (usually through the femoral artery). Such interventional procedures make it possible to effectively eliminate heart pathologies without performing a full-scale surgery with thoracotomy. Recovery after cardiac catheterization procedures does not take long, and the health risks caused by the choice of these techniques are practically zero. The department's specialists have an impressive experience in the field of catheter-based diagnostics and treatment, so patients can be sure that they will receive a high quality result.
The department's range of diagnostic and therapeutic services includes:
- Diagnostic options
- Ultrasound examinations
- Transthoracic echocardiography
- Transesophageal echocardiography
- Stress echocardiography
- 3D echocardiography
- Duplex and Doppler ultrasonography of the arteries of the lower limbs and the arteries supplying the brain
- Abdominal ultrasound examinations
- Cardiac imaging tests
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
- Cardiac computed tomography
- Catheter-based diagnostics
- Coronary angiography
- Fractional flow reserve measurement
- Optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the coronary vessels
- Myocardial biopsy
- Ultrasound examinations
- Therapeutic options
- Drug therapy for cardiovascular diseases
- Catheter-based treatment
- Coronary artery balloon dilatation
- Coronary artery stenting (usually drug-eluting stents are implanted)
- Pericardial puncture
- Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy for heart failure
- Cardiac contractility modulation for heart failure
- Atrial appendage closure
- Atrial septal defect closure
- Patent foramen ovale closure
- Transcoronary ablation of septal hypertrophy (TASH) for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Emergency cardiac care
- Other diagnostic and therapeutic services
Curriculum vitae of Dr. med. Michael Unzicker
Since 2021, Dr. med. Michael Unzicker has been the Head Physician of the Department of Cardiology at the Eichsfeld Hospital Heilbad Heiligenstadt. The specialist received his medical education at the Technical University of Munich and the Saarland University in Homburg. Dr. Unzicker has additional qualifications in the field of interventional cardiology and in the treatment of heart failure from the German Cardiac Society (DGK). The specialist trained in Germany, England and the USA. In addition, the specialist is Master of Health Business Administration (MHBA). His particular clinical interests include the treatment of coronary heart disease (CHD), cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. Previously, Dr. Unzicker held the position of the Managing Senior Physician in the Departments of Cardiology at the hospitals in Schweinfurt and Lohr am Main. For a long time he worked as the Senior Physician in the Department of Cardiology at the Hospital Kassel.
Photo of the doctor: (c) Eichsfeld Klinikum
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