Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to treat atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (program ID: 608592)

Hirslanden Salem-Spital Bern

location_on Bern, Switzerland
9.6/10 from 29 Votes
Specialized hospital
Peter Christian Burger

Head Physician
Dr. med.

Peter Christian Burger

Specialized in: cardiology

Department of Cardiology

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • thyroid function test  (TSH-basal, fT3, fT4)
    • mineral metabolism analysis (Na, K, Ca, Mg)
    • lipid metabolism (HDL/LDL, cholesterol, triglycerides,
      Lip(a), homocysteine)
    • iron content (ferritin, iron)
    • blood coagulation analysis (aPTT, PT, INR)
    • metabolic status (uric acid, total glucose, HbA1c)
    • inflammatory parameters (CRP, ESR)
    • cardiovascular disease risk markers
  • lung function test (Spirometry)
  • resting and exercise ECG
  • vessel elasticity measurement
  • Holter monitoring (24h)
  • body fat and water examination
  • color doppler echocardiography
  • transesophageal echocardiography (tee)
  • color doppler sonography of cerebral vessels
  • closed ablation under 3-d mapping
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • explanation of future recommendations

Required documents

  • Medical records
  • ECG (if available)
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About the department

The Department of Cardiology at the Hirslanden Salem-Spital Bern offers the full service range for the diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The highly motivated team of experienced professionals applies all the methods of effective evidence-based medicine for the restoration of heart health. The department is headed by Dr. med. Peter Christian Burger.

The main focus of the department's doctors is on the patient with his individual needs and wishes. The medical facility has progressive medical and technical base for the accurate diagnostics, and also provides the effective interventional treatment of cardiac pathologies.

It is worth noting that the peculiarity of the department is cardiogenetic consultations for patients. If necessary, the special genetic analysis is performed at the University of Geneva. It allows the doctors to assess the risks of cardiovascular diseases and carry out timely prevention of heart lesions, which in some cases can lead to death.

The diagnostic and therapeutic service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics
    • Stress and resting electrocardiography
    • Echocardiography, including transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography
    • Stress echocardiography (also with a load on a bicycle ergometer, with a drug load of dobutamine)
    • 24-hour ECG holter monitoring
    • Long-term ECG monitoring (7 days)
    • 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
    • Monitoring of the functioning of pacemakers and defibrillators (in most cases, using resting ECG)
    • Cardiac CT
    • Cardiac MRI
    • Diagnostics using Reveal® ECG loop recorder
    • Coronarography
    • Electrophysiological heart examinations, including 3D electrocardiography of the cardiac pathways
  • Therapy
    • Cardiac resynchronization therapy for heart rhythm disturbances
    • Defibrillator implantation for heart rhythm disturbances
    • Pacemaker implantation for heart rhythm disturbances
    • Radiofrequency ablation for heart rhythm disturbances
    • Atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale closure
    • Electrocardiography for the restoration of normal heart rhythm
    • Balloon dilatation of coronary artery occlusions
  • Cardiological rehabilitation (on an outpatient basis) – the duration of the program is from 6 to 12 weeks; training sessions are held 3 times a week for 1-2 hours
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Clinical Interests

  • Non-invasive imaging, including cardiac MRI and tomography examinations of coronary vessels.
  • Cardiologist at the Federal Aviation Administration (FOCA).

Professional Career

  • 2002 - 2005 Work in the Department of Cardiology at the University Hospital Bern.
  • 1999 - 2001 Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School, Boston.
  • 1997 - 1999 Work in the Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Zurich.

Higher Education and Postgraduate Training

  • 2007 Certificate of Competence in Sports Medicine.
  • 2005 Board certification in Cardiology, Swiss Medical Association (FMH).
  • 2004 Board certification in Internal Medicine, Swiss Medical Association (FMH).
  • 1996 Doctorate in Medicine, University of Zurich.
  • 1993 State Medical Examination, University of Zurich.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Swiss Medical Association (FMH).
  • Massachusetts Medical Society.
  • Swiss Physiological Society.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Hirslanden AG 

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