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Heart and Diabetes Center NRW Bad Oeynhausen

location_on Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
9.7/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Electrophysiology and Rhythmology (583890)

Philipp Sommer

Prof. Dr. med.

Philipp Sommer

Specialized in: electrophysiology, rhythmology

About the department

The Department of Electrophysiology and Rhythmology at the Heart and Diabetes Center NRW Bad Oeynhausen offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias). To detect and treat this pathology, the doctors have at their disposal two progressive electrophysiological heart catheterization laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment. The department’s tasks also include the treatment of dizziness and syncopes. The specialists of the department are distinguished by excellent specialized training and rich clinical experience, therefore, they regularly demonstrate high success rates in the treatment of arrhythmias. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Philipp Sommer.

Despite the fact that many heart rhythm disorders do not pose a danger to life, some of them can still have negative and irreversible consequences. To assess the severity of the pathology, electrocardiography is most often sufficient. In some cases, there may also be required long-term ECG registration, exercise ECG, imaging diagnostic examinations, genetic tests, special cardiac catheter examinations, etc. The department treats arrhythmias with the help of drug therapy, implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators, as well as ablation. The department enjoys the status of one of the leading medical institutions in Germany for the treatment of arrhythmias. It offers various modern therapeutic procedures that allow for the development of an individual treatment strategy for each patient.

Another department’s focus is syncope therapy. Its diagnosis is based on such modern methods as heart ultrasound (echocardiography) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), all forms of ECG (rest, exercise, long-term ECG recording, continuous telemetric heart rate monitoring) and orthostatic test. The choice of treatment method depends on the causes of syncope. For example, in the case of so-called reflex syncope the specialists of the department prescribe conservative, non-drug measures, in other cases pharmacotherapy or treatment with pacemakers and defibrillators can be effective.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias)
    • Diagnostics
      • Heart ultrasound (echocardiography)
      • Left heart catheter diagnostics
      • Cardiac computed tomography
      • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
    • Therapy
      • Catheter ablation for cardiac arrhythmias
      • Pacemakers, defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Diagnostics and treatment of syncopes
    • Diagnostics
      •  Heart ultrasound (echocardiography)
      • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Therapy
      • Pacemakers, defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. med. Philipp Sommer studied Human Medicine at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in France. Dr. Sommer defended his thesis with honors on cardiac muscle perfusion after heart transplantation. In 2004, he became an Assistant Physician in the Department of Rhythmology at the Heart Center Leipzig. In 2009, he had his board certification in the field of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. In 2010, he became a Senior Physician in the Department of Rhythmology, which Electrophysiology Laboratory he headed for more than 5 years. In 2013, the professor defended his doctoral thesis on the subject: "The importance of imaging methods in invasive electrophysiology." Dr. Sommer is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Leipzig and is in charge of the Department of Electrophysiology and Rhythmology at the Heart and Diabetes Center NRW Bad Oeynhausen.

Dr. Sommer is the winner of the Young Talents Award of the German Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 2011. He underwent special medical training and received certification from the German Society of Cardiology for "Invasive Electrophysiology and Active Implants for Heart Rhythm Correction". In 2015, he became a Visiting Professor at Dalian University in China. Prof. Sommer is a member of national and international professional societies and a reviewer of numerous scientific journals. He also conducts active research activities within the framework of the Working Group on Rhythmology (AG 1) of the German Society of Cardiology (since 2015).

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