PAN Clinic Cologne
Department of Cardiology (58)
Specialized in: cardiology
About the Department of Cardiology at PAN Clinic Cologne
The Department of Cardiology at the PAN Clinic Cologne provides the full range of medical services for the prevention, diagnostics and conservative treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The primary focus of clinical practice is on diagnostic examinations for the assessment of the state of the cardiovascular system. After studying the results of diagnostic examinations, the department's cardiologists elaborate an individual treatment regimen for the patient, which is usually based on drug therapy, and is also supplemented with diet therapy and dosed physical activities. The department's medical team also pays attention to preventive diagnostic examinations, which allow doctors to timely detect the risks of developing cardiac pathology and effectively eliminate them. All diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are carried out in accordance with the current recommendations of the German Cardiac Society. Whenever required, the specialists from related medical fields may be involved in the diagnostics and treatment. The department Prof. Dr. med. Christian Schneider.
The department's cardiologists have at their command advanced medical equipment for the comprehensive assessment of both anatomical and functional indicators of the cardiovascular system. The specialists pay due attention to preventive diagnostics, which includes the study of the patient's medical history, clinical examination, laboratory tests, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, echocardiography, electrocardiography and other studies to assess work of the heart and detect the risk of life-threatening pathologies, including myocardial infarction, heart failure, severe types of arrhythmia, etc. In case of detection of some pathological processes, the specialists of the medical facility select the optimal complex of drugs, which helps prevent the progression of the disease and alleviate the symptoms (if any). The department's cardiologists give preference to an individual approach to each clinical case, thanks to which they always manage to find out the exact cause of the development of pathology and provide the required therapeutic measures to improve the patient's health and his quality of life. In addition to drug therapy, the experts recommend the patients with a high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases to completely reconsider their lifestyle: give up bad habits, fatty foods and change a sedentary lifestyle to a more active one.
The department's medical team is especially interested in medical care for the patients with arterial hypertension and diabetes mellitus. These diseases require effective control. Without timely treatment, they can cause the development of serious complications, including irreversible ones. For example, frequent high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Arterial hypertension control requires effective drug therapy, diet therapy and rejection of bad habits. The patients with diabetes mellitus also have a high risk of developing cardiac pathologies.
The department's main clinical focuses include:
- Preventive programs to assess the risk of developing myocardial infarction, heart failure and other cardiac diseases
- Doppler ultrasonography of the neck vessels
- Resting electrocardiography (ECG)
- Long-term ECG monitoring
- Stress echocardiography
- Cardiac stress tests
- Echocardiography (heart ultrasound)
- Pulmonary function testing
- Laboratory tests (in interdisciplinary collaboration, if required)
- Diagnostics of cardiac arrhythmias using an event recorder
- Cardiac imaging (cardiac X-ray, CT and MRI) in collaboration with radiologists
- Drug therapy using classical and innovative drugs
- Diet therapy
- Dosed physical activities
- Other medical services
Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Christian Schneider
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Schneider is the Chief Physician of the Department of Cardiology at the PAN Clinic Cologne. The specialist studied Medicine at the Goethe University Frankfurt, where he received his Doctoral Degree in 1989. He defended his doctoral thesis on the treatment of the acute stage of myocardial infarction. After a scientific internship in Houston, USA (Grant of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for Basic Research), Prof. Schneider held a position in the Department of Cardiology at the University Hospital Cologne in 1990.
Dr. Schneider has completed board certification in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Dietetics. He is also certified as a Medical Expert within a program by the Dresden International University. In 2008 he was appointed as Extraordinary Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cologne.
Prof. Schneider is the Medical Director of the HerzNetz program in Cologne. The program is a leading project in the care of patients with heart failure in Cologne and the region. The specialist is also the author of numerous publications in national and international scientific sources, as well as a renowned speaker and leader of seminars.
Prof. Christian Schneider's clinical interests include the diagnostics and treatment of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias. During the therapeutic process, the doctor sets himself two main tasks: improving the quality of life and improving the individual prognosis of patients. Another important area of the doctor's clinical activities is comprehensive diagnostics of the cardiovascular system for preventive purposes.
For over 20 years, Dr. Schneider has been engaged in research activities aimed at studying risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis, treatment of myocardial infarction, as well as diagnostics and treatment of heart failure.
Photo of the doctor: (c) PAN Klinik
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