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University Hospital Münster

Muenster, Germany


Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects


Helmut Baumgartner

Prof. Dr. med.

Helmut Baumgartner

Specialized in: cardiology

The Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects at the University Hospital Münster is the first Center of Excellence specializing in the treatment of adults with congenital and acquired heart defects on both outpatient and inpatient basis. The Department is headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Baumgartner. 

The second focus of the Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects at the University Hospital Münster is the treatment of acquired defects (e.g., on heart valves). These diseases are mostly common for elderly patients and require a comprehensive treatment by an interdisciplinary team because of their complexity and comorbidities. 

In cooperation with the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital Münster (Chief Physician: Univ.-Prof. S. Martens), the Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects performs transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This cutting-edge treatment option completes the medical spectrum for patients with aortic valve stenosis in a high-risk group. 

To provide patient care, the Department has a wide range of diagnostic methods and catheter interventional procedures. Due to the comprehensive care and treatment focused on a positive long-term prognosis for every patient, the Department under the direction of the cardiologist Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Baumgartner has become a supra-regional health care facility. 

The focuses of the Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects at the University Hospital Münster are:

Heart defects

  • Simple heart defects
    • Bypass connections
    • Ventricular septal defect
    • Atrial septal defect
    • Atrioventricular septal defect
    • Congenital heart defects
    • Blood circulation stenosis (obstructive forms)
  • Complex heart defects 
    • Transposition of the great vessels
    • Tetralogy of Fallot
    • Single ventricle

Diagnosis

  • Echocardiography
  • Blood test
  • 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
  • ECG and long-term ECG
  • Ergometry
  • Spiroergometry
  • MRI
  • Multislice computer tomography
  • Heart catheter diagnosis

Minimally invasive interventions

  • Closure of the patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defect
  • Balloon dilatation of heart valves (valvuloplasty)
  • Expansion of both arteries and veins (balloon dilatation and stent implantation)
  • Stenting of both arteries and veins
  • Catheter implantation of heart valves