Academic Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe

location_on Karlsruhe, Germany
9.8/10 from 29 Votes

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Care (590818)

Claus Schmitt

Prof. Dr. med.

Claus Schmitt

Specialized in: cardiology, angiology, internal intensive care

About the department

The Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Care at the Academic Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with diseases of the cardiovascular system. The department annually performs more than 4,000 cardiac catheterization procedures. The excellent qualifications are also available in the field of ablation, implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators. The Chest Pain Unit works around the clock and provides emergency care for patients with acute coronary syndrome. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Claus Schmitt.

The department has 120 planned beds for patient hospitalization. The department consists structurally of four Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, the Chest Pain Unit (certified by the German Cardiac Society), the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, an operating room for pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, the hybrid operating room for heart valve implantation (in collaboration with the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the HELIOS Heart Surgery Clinic Karlsruhe) and the outpatient cardiology clinic.

The department treats more than 6,500 patients with diseases of the cardiovascular system every year. Also, according to the department's statistics, it annually performs about 150 stent implantation procedures, 750 interventions to implant pacemakers, 150 interventions to implant defibrillators and more than 600 electrophysiological examinations.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Myocardial infarction
  • Сoronary artery disease
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Heart valve diseases
  • Heart failure
  • Myocarditis
  • Acute thoracic pain (acute coronary syndrome) as part of the Emergency Cardiac Unit
  • Angiological diseases
    • Diseases of arterial, venous and lymphatic vessels
    • Peripheral arterial disease of the lower extremities
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Deep vein thrombosis
    • Raynaud's syndrome
    • Aortic diseases, in particular, diseases of the ascending aorta
    • Genetic syndromes (for example, Marfan syndrome)
    • Vasculitides
    • Diabetic foot 
    • Rare coagulation disorders
  • Arterial hypertension
  • Other diseases

The diagnostic and therapeutic options of the department include:

  • Electrophysiological examinations for the diagnostics of arrhythmias, including 3D mapping systems and navigation systems (Carto 3TM, CartoMergeTM, Ensite NavXTM Fusion, Bard ElektroViewTM)
  • Catheter ablation for the treatment of arrhythmias
    • Radiofrequency ablation
    • Cryoablation
  • Echocardiography
    • Transesophageal echocardiography
    • Transthoracic echocardiography
    • Stress echocardiography
    • Imaging techniques with optimized image quality (harmonic imaging)
    • Pulsed wave Doppler ultrasound
    • Continuous wave Doppler ultrasound
    • Modern 3D imaging techniques
  • Implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Treatment of arrhythmias by means of electric cardioversion
  • Complex catheter interventions in circulatory heart disorders 
  • Heart valve replacement using catheter techniques (for example, transcatheter aortic valve implantation)
  • Mitra-Clip technique for the treatment of mitral valve diseases
  • Cartography and the use of event recorders
  • Psychological care for patients with cardiovascular diseases 
  • Capillary microscopy
  • General intensive care in case of
    • Acute myocardial infarction
    • Severe heart failure
    • Dangerous arrhythmias
    • Severe mitral regurgitation with the risk of pulmonary edema
    • Life-threatening injuries of the internal organs
    • Severe infections in patients with impaired immune status, for example, in leukemia or after chemotherapy
  • Other medical services

Photo of the doctor: (с) Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe 

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