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Merian Iselin Clinic Basel

location_on Basel, Switzerland
8.6/10 from 8 Votes

Department of Cardiology (114115)

Lukas Altwegg

PD Dr. med.

Lukas Altwegg

Specialized in: cardiology

About the department

The Department of Cardiology at the Merian Iselin Clinic Basel offers the full range of medical services for the diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The department operates modern Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, in which doctors perform sparing interventional procedures to diagnose and treat cardiac pathologies. Medical care for patients is based on the use of the very latest treatment methods, for example, implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators, event recorders, stenting, etc. The department employs real professionals who guarantee the exceptional quality and effectiveness of treatment. The department is headed by PD Dr. med. Lukas Altwegg.

The key to a successful treatment result is the accurate diagnostics, and therefore the department offers all progressive diagnostic procedures, including resting and stress ECG, stress echocardiography, perfusion myocardial scintigraphy, transthoracic echocardiography, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, 24-hour ECG monitoring, diagnostics using event recorders etc. The results of diagnostic tests serve as the basis for selecting the optimal treatment regimen.

The doctors of the department always begin treatment with drug treatments and only with their inefficiency resort to interventional manipulations. The treatment is provided in strict accordance with the standardized clinical protocols.

The department’s range of medical services includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of angina pectoris
    • Diagnostic tests
      • Resting ECG
      • Stress ECG (ergometry)
      • Echocardiogram
      • Myocardial scintigraphy
      • MR angiography
      • Coronarography
    • Treatment methods
      • Drug therapy (the use of nitroglycerin, aspirin, heparin, beta-blockers, etc.) accompanied by changes in diet, exercise therapy, smoking cessation, etc.
      • Interventional treatment (balloon dilatation or stenting)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of acute coronary syndrome
  • Diagnostics and treatment of heart failure
    • Drug treatment
    • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Diagnostics and treatment of tachycardia
    • Diagnostic tests
      • Classical ECG or 24-hour ECG monitoring
    • Treatment methods
      • Drug treatment
      • Defibrillator implantation
  • Diagnostics and treatment of atrial fibrillation
    • Diagnostic tests
      • Classical ECG or 24-hour ECG monitoring
    • Treatment methods
      • Drug treatment (beta blockers)
      • Electric cardioversion
      • Ablation of arrhythmogenic foci in the atria
  • Diagnostics and treatment of heart valve defects
  • Diagnostics and treatment of bradycardia
    • Drug treatment
    • Pacemaker implantation
  • Diagnostics and treatment of arterial hypertension
  • Diagnostics and treatment of cardiomyopathies
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Education and Professional Career

  • July 2013 Habilitation, University of Zurich.
  • Since 2013 Chief Physician of the Department of Cardiology, St. Clara Hospital Basel.
  • 2009 - 2012 Senior Physician, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Zurich.
  • 2006 - 2008 Fellowship (Interventional Cardiology), St. Paul Hospital Vancouver.
  • 2004 Board certification in Cardiology.
  • 2002 Doctoral thesis defense.
  • 2001 - 2005 Assistant Physician, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Zurich.
  • 1999 - 2001 Assistant Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Cantonal Hospital Baden.
  • 1997 - 1998 Assistant Physician, Department of General Surgery, Cantonal Hospital Sursee.
  • 1996 State Exam.
  • 1990 - 1996 Medical studies, University of Basel.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Acute coronary syndrome.
  • Improving the accuracy of early diagnostics.
  • Percutaneous treatment of aortic stenosis.
  • Evaluation of new catheters and prostheses.
  • Research devoted to the postoperative inflammatory reactions.
  • Quality control of clinical results of treatment (based on data from the national registry).

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Swiss Medical Association (FMH).
  • Swiss Society of Cardiology.
  • Swiss Working Group on Interventional Cardiology and Acute Coronary Syndromes.
  • Zurich Society of Cardiology.
  • TAVI Swiss Registry Steering Committee.

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