St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe-Academic Hospital of the University of Freiburg

location_on Karlsruhe, Germany
9.8/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Intensive Care Medicine (333811)

Bernd-Dieter Gonska

Prof. Dr. med.

Bernd-Dieter Gonska

Specialized in: ardiology, angiology, intensive care medicine

The Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the St. Vincentius Hospital-Academic Hospital of the University of Freiburg provides modern diagnostics and treatment of all forms of acquired and congenital heart diseases. Here, more than 3,500 coronary angiography procedures, over 1,400 coronary dilatation procedures, 750 electrophysiological examinations and 300 implantations of a pacemaker and defibrillator are performed annually. The head the department is Prof . Dr. med. Bernd-Dieter Gonska.

The department conducts treatment of coronary heart disease, acute myocardial infarction, congenital and acquired myocardial diseases and heart valve defects, diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, circulatory disorders of peripheral vessels and vessels supplying the brain.

The department has three modern stations for cardiac catheterization. In addition, it is equipped with the latest navigation systems for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmia. The department has 82 beds, an intensive care unit, an intermediate medical unit and a chest pain unit (Chest-Pain-Unit). The department specialists perform all non-invasive cardiac diagnostic procedures, as well as cardiac catheterization procedures are performed for acute cardiac interventions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In cooperation with the Department of Radiology, patients are provided with CT and MRI of the heart.

It should be noted that the department takes part in research activities: national and international studies, activities for the development of cardiology, participation in symposiums on electrophysiology, which is held every two years under the patronage of the German Cardiology Society.

The spectrum of medical services of the department:

Cardiovascular diseases and heart valve diseases

  • Cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography
  • Dilation of coronary vessels with stent implantation ("coated" and "uncoated")
  • Biopsy of the heart muscle with inflammatory diseases and heart rhythm disorders
  • Valvuloplasty of the mitral valve
  • Percutaneous catheter replacement of the aortic valve (transapical, transfemoral) in cooperation with the Department of Cardiac Surgery
  • Treatment of circulatory disorders of peripheral vessels (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, etc.)
  • Implantation of the carotid stent with narrowing of the vessels supplying the brain

Heart rhythm disturbances and clinical electrophysiology

  • Diagnosis of congenital and acquired cardiac arrhythmias ((electrophysiological examination of the heart)
  • Ablation therapy of cardiac arrhythmia (obliteration) using modern methods (radio-frequency alternating current, "cold", etc.)
  • Modern methods of cartography (CARTO, etc.)
  • Ablation in atrial fibrillation (paroxysmal, persistent), congenital defects in the conductive pathways (AVURT, atrioventricular valve), atrial flutter, ventricular tachycardia
  • Implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization systems in the cardiac catheterization laboratory

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