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Department of Pediatric Cardiology - Pediatric Diagnostic Hospital M1 Munich

Pediatric Diagnostic Hospital M1 Munich

Munich, Germany
Department id # 360777
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Prof. Dr. med. Heiko Stern
Department of Pediatric Cardiology
Specialized in: pediatric cardiology

About the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Pediatric Diagnostic Hospital M1 Munich

The Department of Pediatric Cardiology at the Pediatric Diagnostic Hospital M1 Munich offers all the options for modern diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in children. The department's cardiologists specialize in the treatment of congenital and acquired heart defects in young patients. A special focus in the medical facility is on the diagnostics of children to exclude or detect heart pathologies early. The state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment allows the department's doctors to detect heart defects even at the stage of intrauterine development, which makes it possible to not miss time and start treatment as quickly as possible. In some cases, doctors manage to provide effective drug therapy, for example, in the case of heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias). However, many congenital and acquired heart defects require interventional catheter-based procedures. The department's doctors provide each young patient with an individually tailored treatment regimen based on the obtained diagnostic data. The medical team makes every effort to provide patients with diagnostics and treatment in a pleasant environment, thereby relieving the child of any fears and worries. The Head Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Heiko Stern.

The key to successful treatment is accurate diagnostics, so the department has an advanced technical base for performing the necessary cardiovascular examinations. Pediatric cardiologists perform electrocardiography, angiography, bicycle ergometry, Holter monitoring, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, and other examinations. The department also performs prenatal ultrasound diagnostics to detect heart defects during the intrauterine development stage. A particular set of diagnostic measures is prescribed by the attending physician based on the medical history and complaints of a young patient. The signs of cardiopathology may include chest pain, shortness of breath, heart rhythm disturbances, weakness, nausea, chronic fatigue, dizziness, cyanosis, poor appetite, and other health complaints.

The team of the department's cardiologists has long experience in treating heart arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are one of the most common cardiovascular pathologies among children and adolescents. In the case of an increased heart rate in a child, doctors state tachycardia, and a slow heart rate means the child has bradycardia. The first-line treatment to normalize the heart rhythm is drug therapy. In addition, the department's doctors give the parents of the child a number of recommendations, the observance of which contributes to a rapid recovery and helps to normalize the functioning of the cardiovascular system. In particular, such recommendations include healthy sleep and daytime rest, the maximum elimination of stressful situations, a healthy diet, maintaining a normal body weight, and normalizing cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

The department admits children with congenital and acquired heart defects. The most common congenital malformations are an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, a patent ductus arteriosus, and tetralogy of Fallot. Acquired heart defects include mitral, aortic, and tricuspid valve insufficiency and stenosis. The treatment tactics for heart defects in children are determined individually. At the same time, the department's cardiologists take into account the child's general health condition, their age, and other important factors. In the case of minor defects, clinicians resort to active monitoring tactics, which include regular heart check-ups every 6 or 12 months. In some cases, the specialists only prescribe drug therapy and regular moderate physical activity. The last-line therapy is a catheter-based procedure or open surgery. Such treatment is indicated only in complex clinical cases and is accompanied by drug therapy.

Highly skilled professionals with deep knowledge in the field of pediatric anatomy and long clinical experience take care of young patients. Using advanced sparing treatment methods, the department doctors strive to help the child overcome heart pathology and live a normal life. 

The department specializes in the following:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of congenital and acquired heart defects
  • Diagnostics and treatment of heart arrhythmias
  • Diagnostics and treatment of inflammatory heart diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of Kawasaki disease
  • Diagnostics and treatment of arterial hypertension and hypotension
  • Diagnostics and treatment of rheumatic heart lesions
  • Diagnostics and treatment of other cardiovascular diseases in children

The department's diagnostic and therapeutic options include:

  • Diagnostics
    • Electrocardiography
    • Angiography
    • Bicycle ergometry
    • Holter monitoring
    • 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
    • Blood oxygen level determination
    • X-ray scans
    • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Treatment
    • Drug therapy
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Higher Education and Postgraduate Training

  • 1974 Medical studies at the University of Mainz.
  • 1981 Admission to medical practice.
  • 1984 Doctorate in Human Medicine.
  • 1992 Habilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Technical University of Munich.


  • 1991 Board certification in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Hamburg.
  • 1992 Additional qualifications in Neonatology
  • 2008 Additional qualifications in the treatment of adults with congenital heart disease.

Professional Career

  • 1981 - 1984 Work in the Department of Cardiology at the University Hospital Mainz, and work in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
  • 1985 - 1987 and 1991 - 1993 Resident Physician in the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at the German Heart Center Munich.
  • 1987 - 1991 Work in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich.
  • Since 1989 Scientific research in the field of magnetic resonance imaging for congenital heart defects.
  • 1994 Senior Registrar in the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at the Brompton Hospital London.
  • 1994 - 1998 Head of the Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.
  • Since 1994 Lecturer, Pediatric Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hamburg.
  • Since 1998 Medical Practice in Pediatric Cardiology, Gauting, Section of the Department for Adults with Congenital Heart Defects in Starnberg.
  • Since 1999 Founder and Honorary Member of the Working Group on Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Department for Congenital Heart Defects at the German Heart Center Munich.
  • Since 2007 Work at Prof. Frey's Practice.

Photo of the doctor: (c) M1 Privatklinik AG