Merian Iselin Clinic

Basel, Switzerland

Dilated and ischemic cardiomyopathy diagnosis (program ID: 121869)

Lukas Altwegg

Dr. med.

Lukas Altwegg

Department of Cardiology

Specialized in: cardiology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Juli 2013   Habilitation Universität Zürich

seit 2013   Chefarzt Kardiologie, St. Claraspital Basel

2009 – 2012   Oberarzt Kardiologie, Universitätsspital Zürich

2006 – 2008   Fellowship in interventioneller Kardiologie, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver

2004   Facharzttitel Kardiologie

2002   Promotion

2001 – 2005   Assistenzarzt Kardiologie, Universitätsspital Zürich

1999 – 2001   Assistenzarzt Innere Medizin, Kantonsspital Baden

1997 – 1998   Assistenzarzt Allgemeine Chirugie, Kantonsspital Sursee

1996   Staatsexamen

1990 – 1996   Medizinstudium, Universität Basel

Forschungs- und Interessensgebiete

  • Akutes Koronarsyndrom
  • Erforschung der Mechanismen (u.a. Rolle der Inflammation)
  • Verbesserung der Frühdiagnostik
  • Perkutane Behandlung der Aortenstenose
  • Evaluation neuer Katheter und Prothesen
  • Prozedurale Sicherheit (Kooperation Swiss Aviation Training)
  • Erforschung postoperativer inflammatorischer Reaktionen
  • Qualitätskontrolle klin. Ergebnisse (mittels nationalem Register)


1998 - 1999   Postgraduate in vaskulärer Biologie und Physiologie

2009 - 2011   SNF-Clinical research candidate for SPUM (Special Programme University Medicine)


About the department keyboard_arrow_down

Cardiology is the branch of medicine concerning the heart which deals with the structure, the function and diseases of the heart and cardiac circulation. In German-speaking countries “cardiologist” is a title protected by a code of professional conduct, which doctors are only entitled to use if they have gained and demonstrated specific knowledge in the field of cardiology as part of specialist advanced training.

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
  • vascular system assessment
  • lung function test (Spirometry)
  • resting and exercise ECG
  • vessel elasticity measurement
  • body fat and water examination
  • color doppler echocardiography or TEE
  • color doppler sonography of cerebral vessels
  • measurement of arterial blood pressure electrocardiogram
  • Holter monitoring (24h)
  • nursing services
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
  • written statement
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Duration of program:

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About hospital

The Merian Iselin Clinic in Basel is a leading health center specializing in the field of orthopedics and surgery in Switzerland. Set up as a modern private clinic providing beds for affiliated private specialists, Merian Iselin Clinic can give patients the freedom to choose their physician regardless of their class of insurance and cover part of the region’s primary healthcare service requirements. Because of their excellence, they were certified as “Swiss Leading Hospital” in 2000 und awarded “Swiss Olympic Medial Center” in 2004.

The Merian Iselin Clinic specializes in major orthopedic procedures such as knee and hip replacements. Every year nearly 5,000 operations in orthopedics spectrum are undertaken here. The Clinic focus its treatment on orthopedic surgery, urology, surgery, ENT, plastic and reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. Particularly in the case of orthopedic surgery, the surgical performances of our affiliated doctors belong to the best in Switzerland. Diagnostics, laboratory and therapy service in the clinic also meet the highest professional standards. Thanks to permanent efforts to develop its technology and infrastructure, Merian Iselin Clinic is one of the most modern clinics in Switzerland.

Its services are geared to the needs of the market and patients, which includes providing the very best communications technology, first-class nursing care from a qualified team of experts, and catering tailored to the precise requirements of each individual patient. Merian Iselin Clinic is at the forefront when it comes to setting new standards, and is acutely aware of the requirements and levels of quality a modern specialist clinic has to meet.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

Further details

Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.