University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
9.8/10 from 70 Votes

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pulmonology (291)

Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz

Prof. Dr. med.

Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz

Specialized in: cardiology, angiology, pulmonology

About the department

The Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pulmonology at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich offers the full range of services in these medical fields. The department specializes in performing all kinds of cardiovascular interventions, modern diagnostics and comprehensive treatment of diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels, all pathologies of the respiratory system. The doctors of the department prefer an individual approach, the use of modern therapeutic methods, which guarantee the optimal result. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz.

The department has an ultramodern Catheter Laboratory, within the framework of which more than 3,500 heart interventions are performed annually. The medical facility is of supraregional importance and is certified by the German Society of Cardiology, as well as plays a crucial role in the medical care of patients with acute coronary syndrome.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Interventional cardiology (interventions on the heart)
    • Heart surgery that requires the use of special methods to increase the lumen of the vessels (rotablation) or reopening of the vessels (recanalization) in chronic coronary artery occlusion
    • Heart surgery in high-risk patients (only with the help of circulatory support systems (ECMO, Impella)
    • Implantation of auricle closure systems (Watchman) in patients with atrial fibrillation and contraindications to blood thinning with the help of tablets
    • Other services
  • Structural heart diseases
    • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)
    • Treatment of mitral valve insufficiency by the Mitra-Clip technique
    • Other treatments
  • Severe forms of heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmia)
    • Electrophysiological diagnosis of arrhythmias with high or low heart rate (tachyarrhythmia or bradyarrhythmia)
    • Catheter ablation for tachycardia treatment
    • Catheter ablation for patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation
    • Other treatments
  • Implantation of pacemakers/ICDs
    • Implantation of pacemakers/ICDs, including cardiac resynchronization therapy, installation of a triple chamber pacemaker
    • Replacement and monitoring of serviceability of pacemakers/ICDs or other electrophysiological systems
    • Implantation of various pacemakers (for example, the cardiac capsule "Micra", the size of which is only 2 cm – the smallest pacemaker in the world)
    • Implantation of an event recorder for recording cardiac arrhythmias
    • Functional check of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)
    • Other services
  • Interventional angiology (vascular interventions)
    • Balloon dilatation, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
    • Implantation of vascular stents
    • Removal of vascular plaques (the so-called atherectomy)
    • Vascular dilatation with the help of  drug-coated balloons
    • Lysis therapy in acute venous thrombosis
    • Catheter lysis in acute pulmonary embolism
    • Venous stenting in postthrombotic syndrome
    • Other treatments
  • Pulmonology
    • Treatment of bronchial diseases
    • Endoscopic lung volume reduction and reconstructive interventions on the respiratory tract
    • Treatment of  alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency
    • Treatment of pulmonary emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and pulmonary hypertension
    • Other services

Curriculum vitae

  • Study of Medicine at the Witten-Herdecke University and at the Free University of Berlin.
  • 1996 Training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, University Hospital Rechts der Isar and German Heart Center Munich (Technical University of Munich).
  • 2002 Habilitation in Medicine, Technical University of Munich.
  • Heisenberg Scholarship of the German Research Foundation at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, USA.
  • 2005 Education at the Harvard Medical School.

Main Clinical Focuses

The main clinical focus of Prof. Laugwitz is the biology of stem cells, especially the self-renewal, differentiation and specialization of the cell lines of native progenitor cells during embryonic development, as well as the characteristic of the regenerative potential of embryonic stem cells from the line of cardiovascular progenitor cells.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München

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