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University Hospital Muenster

location_on Muenster, Germany
9.8/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects (113887)

Helmut Baumgartner

Prof. Dr. med.

Helmut Baumgartner

Specialized in: congenital and acquired heart defects

About the department

The Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects at the University Hospital Muenster 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 Muenster 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 Muenster (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 Muenster 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 

Curriculum vitae

  • 1981 Graduation to Doctor of Medicine, University of Vienna
  • Trainee doctor at the Hospital of Barmherzigen Schwestern, Linz and at the Sankt Pölten General Public Hospital
  • Medical specialist training for Internal Medicine  at the 2nd Department of Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Barmherzigen Schwestern, Linz (Prof. Dr. Peter Kühn)
  • Since 1990 Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine
  • 1989 – 1990 Fellowship, Division of Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (Gerald Maurer, MD)
  • 1991 Board certification in additional speciality Cardiology (Prof. Dr. Peter Kühn)
  • Until 1993 Senior Physician at the 2nd Department of Internal Medicine (Cardiology)  of the Hospital of Barmherzigen Schwestern, Linz
  • 1993 Habilitation (Internal Medicine / Cardiology) at the University of Vienna (extern)
  • 1993 – 2007 Professional activities at the University of Vienna, General Hospital:
    • 1993 – 2007 Senior Physician at the Department of Cardiology, Clinic of Internal Medicine II, Vienna General Hospital
    • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine / Cardiology at the Medical University of Vienna (until 2007)
    • Head of the Program for Adolescents and Adults with Congenital and Acquired Heart Defects
    • 1994 – 2007 Establishment and management of the Outpatient Clinic of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy to the Department of Cardiology (including outpatient and inpatient treatment, non-invasive diagnostics, catheter interventions of these patients)
    • 2005 – 2007 Participation in the intervention stand-by service of the department (coronary angiography and interventions including acute interventions)
    • Intermittent management of a cardiology ward
    • Head of the Research Group for Structural Heart Disease (congenital and acquired heart defects, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) at the Dept. of Cardiology
    • Head of the Research Group for Echocardography incl. Ultrasound In-Vitro Laboratory for Experimental Research of the Dept. of Cardiology
    • Organizational tasks at the department (including personnel allocation)
    • 1993 – 2001 Head of the laboratory of echocardiography to the Dept. of Cardiology
    • Teaching at the Medical University of Vienna (including the main lecture “Cardiology” in the new curriculum)
  • Since 11/2007 Head of the Department of Congenital (CHD) and Acquired Heart Defects, University Hospital Muenster
  • Since November 1, 2007 Univ.-Prof. for Congenital Heart Defects in Adults – Cardiology (W3 Professor), University of Muenster

Scientific and related activities / International relations:

  • Research interests: 
    • Experimental and clinical investigations in the field of cardiac ultrasound (special focus on heart defects)
    • Clinical investigations in the field of congenital heart defects and acquired valve defects (including natural course, postoperative long-term course, prognosis indicators, determination of the optimal time of operation for various heart defects, etc.)
    • Catheter interventional treatment of congenital and acquired heart defects
    • Myocardial vitality 
  • Publications:  147 publications, 90 of them in peer-reviewed journals (cumulative impact factor 377,255), 58 of them as first or senior author (cumulative impact factor 262,430), 201 published abstracts

Awards

  • 12 research awards (11x as first or senior author, 10-fold Austrian Cardiologist Award)

Memberships

  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC)
  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
  • President of the Austrian Cardiology Society 2005 – 2007
  • Member of the Board of the European Society of Cardiology 2006 – 2008
  • Nucleus member of the Working Group on Grown-up Congenital Heart Disease of the European Society of Cardiology (Co-Chairman 2004 – 2006, Chairman 2006 – 2008)
  • Representative of Austria in the International Society of Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease, since 2007 Executive Committee Member
  • Nucleus member of the working groups for congenital heart defects (founder member) and the echocardiography of the Austrian Society
  • Member of Committees and Task Forces of the European Society of Cardiology (Practice Guidelines on the Management of Valvular Heart Disease, Accreditation, Education, and Research Grants)
  • German Cardiac Society (guidelines for acquired valve defects, guidelines for adults with congenital heart disease) and the Austrian Society of Cardiology (importance of coronary CT, comprehensive optimization of myocardial infarction therapy, catheter intervention in structural heart disease, creation and processing of examinations)
  • Chairman of the Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology on the development of the ESC guidelines on the management of grown-up congenital heart disease (from 2008)
  • Chairman of the Task Force of the American Society of Echocardiography and European Association of Echocardiography (European Society of Cardiology) for creation of recomendations for assessment of valvular stenoses
  • Member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical University of Vienna until 2007
  • Editorial Board Member: European Journal of Echocardiography, journal Cardiology
  • Regular reviewer for top journals and annual conferences of the American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, EuroEcho and the Austrian Cardiology Society

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