University Hospital Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Sick-Sinus-Syndrome (sss) diagnosis (program ID: 171797)

Matthias Gorenflo

Prof. Dr. med.

Matthias Gorenflo

Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Diseases at the Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine

Specialized in: cardiology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down


  • 1995 Facharzt für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin
  • 1998 Pädiatrische Intensivmedizin
  • 2000 Kinderkardiologie
  • 2006 Neonatologie
  • 2008 EMAH (Erwachsene mit angeborenem Herzfehler)


  • Pädiatrie (gemeinsam)
  • Kinderkardiologie
  • Intensivmedizin (gemeinsam)

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • 2010 Berufung auf die W3-Professur für  Kinderkardiologie an der Universität Heidelberg
  • 2002 Habilitation "Das pulmonale Endothelin-System und seine Bedeutung für die pulmonale Hypertension beim Kind" an der Universität Heidelberg
  • 1985 Promotion zum Thema: "Der Einsatz eines neuen Nahtmaterials im Vergleich zweier Nahttechniken an der Dünndarmanastomose des Schweines" an der Universität Freiburg (Breisgau)
  • 1985 ECFMG Zertifikat
  • 1979 - 1985 Studium der Medizin an der Universität Freiburg (Breisgau)

Klinischer Werdegang

  • Seit 09/ 2010 Ärztlicher Direktor Klinik für Kinderkardiologie/ Angeborene Herzfehler Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
  • 2008 - 2010 Consultant, Dept. Paed. Cardiology, UZ Leuven, Belgien
  • 2003 - 2008 Leitender Oberarzt, Abteilung für Pädiatrische Kardiologie der Universität Heidelberg
  • 2000 - 2003 Oberarzt, Abteilung für Pädiatrische Kardiologie der Universität Heidelberg
  • 1995 - 2000 Facharzt, Abteilung für Pädiatrische Kardiologie der Universität Heidelberg
  • 1995 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter, Abteilung für Angeborene Herzfehler, DHZ Berlin
  • 1994 - 1995 Research Fellow, DFG Stipendium, Institute of Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, London (UK), Dept. Vascular Biology
  • 1988 - 1994 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter, Kinderklinik der FU Berlin
  • 1987 - 1988 Assistenzarzt, Internistische Kardiologie und Intensivmedizin II, Med. Klinik, Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe
  • 1986 - 1987 Wiss. Angestellter Med. Zentrum für Pathologie der Universität Marburg


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Kardiologie (DGPK)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie (DGK)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neonatologie und Pädiatrische Intensivmedizin (GNPI)
  • Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC)

Ämter und Funktionen

  • Mitglied im Fakultätsrat der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg
  • Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Deutschen Stiftung für Herzforschung
  • Mitglied der Wissenschaftskommission der DGPK
  • Mitglied der Arbeitsgruppe "Interventionelle Kardiologie" (IKAG) der DGPK
  • Mitglied der Arbeitsgruppe 25 "Pulmonale Hypertonie" der DGK
  • Vorsitzender der Arbeitsgruppe "Genetics, Basic Science and Inherited Muscle Disease" der AEPC 2011-2014
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About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The department of pediatric cardiology / congenital heart defects at the Heidelberg University Hospital under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Gorenflo offers diagnosis and treatment of all forms of congenital and acquired heart defects in children and adolescents. The main focus is on the treatment of congenital cardiovascular diseases by means of cardiac catheterization (interventional cardiology), pediatric cardiologic intensive and outpatient care for the patients with congenital heart defects.

The department of pediatric cardiology has the state-of-the-art technical equipment, including a catheter laboratory. A cardiac catheter enables accurate examination and further diagnosis as well as treatment and correction of certain diseases in some cases.

The range of medical services of the department of pediatric cardiology / congenital heart defects under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Gorenflo includes, i.a.:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Functional diagnosis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Trachea pathologies
  • Imaging
  • Cardiac catheter laboratory
  • Hybrid surgery
  • ECMO
  • Artificial heart
  • Heart transplant 

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
  • 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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About hospital

The Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the largest medical centers in Germany. The Faculty of Medicine of the Heidelberg University has the worldwide renowned biomedical research institutions in Europe. Hospital and Faculty strive together for the goal to develop innovative diagnostics and therapy and implement this technique quickly for the patient. “In Scientia Salus” (healing through science) is the motto of the Heidelberg University Hospital. With 44 medical departments it has a good reputation for its treatment in Germany and throughout Europe.

The focus of the Heidelberg University are cancer treatment and the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the fields of transplantation medicine, neuroscience with psychosocial medicine, cardiovascular medicine, genetics and infectious diseases it is also at the leading digit.

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.

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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.