University Hospital Münster

Muenster, Germany

Tricuspid valve disease Diagnosis (program ID: 139957)

Helmut Baumgartner

Prof. Dr. med.

Helmut Baumgartner

Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects

Specialized in: cardiology

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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


  • 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 

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
  • lung function test (Spirometry)
  • resting and exercise ECG
  • Holter monitoring (24h)
  • color doppler echocardiography
  • transesophageal echocardiography (tee)
  • color doppler sonography of cerebral vessels
  • nursing services
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
  • written statement
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