District Hospital Waldbröl Oberberg

Waldbrоl, Germany

Department of Cardiology

Michael Petzsch

PD Dr. med.

Michael Petzsch

Specialized in: cardiology

The Department of Cardiology (Medical Department I) at the District Hospital of Waldbröl offers the entire spectrum of cardiologic services at the latest scientific level. The chief physician of the Department is PD Dr. med. Michael Petzsch.

One of the key focuses of the Department of Cardiology at the District Hospital of Waldbröl is Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. With over 3,000 examinations a year, the Digital Catheterization Laboratory is the only one diagnostic and therapeutic institution of such a kind in the Oberbergischer Kreis. Coronary heart diseases are becoming increasingly important and affect young patients more and more. Nowadays coronary angiography is the only one diagnostic method, which can detect coronary artery stenosis in patients.  An ultramodern cardiac catheterization system of the District Hospital of Waldbröl uses a flat detector instead of a traditional X-ray amplifier. Due to the digital imaging of the beating heart, it is possible to see a perfectly sharp image of the smallest blood vessels. Therefore, the coronary artery diseases can be immediately diagnosed and treated by means of balloon dilatation or stent implantation. 

The priority focus of the Department of Cardiology at the District Hospital of Waldbröl under the direction of PD Dr. med. Michael Petzsch is diagnosis and treatment of coronary arteries (over 3,000 examinations a year). The coronary artery stenosis is effectively treated without narcosis under local anesthesia by means of balloon dilatation (PTCA) and/or stent implantation. Through the use of modern stents of the advanced materials or drug releasing stents, the percentage of new (recurrent) stenosis has dramatically decreased. For the patient benefit, numerous operations are eliminated by carrying out a necessary therapy in the same session. Thus, treatment is mostly related to examination. Through the use of such devices as Angioseal for the arterial access closure, a bed rest period is considerably reduced. Therefore, the patient can get back on his feet just within 2-4 hours after the surgery. 

Other focuses of the Department of Cardiology at the District Hospital of Waldbröl include cardia arrhythmias. The diagnosis and treatment of disorders are carried out with the use of ECG and long-term ECG. Sometimes these data are insufficient and then ECG data are received directly from the organ. The so-called electrophysiological examination provides additional information on a necessity to implant a special system in order to treat cardia arrhythmia. The heart surgeons of the Department of Cardiology under the direction of PD Dr. med. Michael Petzsch annually implants over 200 cardiac stimulation systems to treat a very quick and slow pulse or heart failure. A biventricular pacemaker with resynchronization three electrodes is used to treat heart failure. The implantation of defibrillator (ICD) – also in combination with the biventricular pacemaker – prevents a very quick heart rhythm or cardiac arrest by means of cardioversion. 

The range of services the Department of Cardiology at the District Hospital of Waldbröl under the direction of PD Dr. med. Michael Petzsch includes, i.a.:

Outpatient care

  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Monitoring of pacemakers (VVI, DDD)
  • Biventricular pacemakers
  • Defibrillators
  • Outpatient surgery: 
  • Coronary angiography (preclinical preparation)

Inpatient care

  • Continuous ECG
  • Daily monitoring of blood pressure
  • Transthoracic echocardiography
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Ergometry
  • Spiroergometry
  • Coronary angiography (femoral, brachial, radical)
  • Balloon distension of coronary artery stenosis
  • Intracoronary ultrasound
  • Implantation of drug-eluting stents and those without drug-eluting
  • Treatment with the use of drug eluting balloons
  • Interventional closure of the interatrial septum of the persistent foramen ovale
  • Recovery period of the sinoatrial node function 
  • Wenckebach point determination
  • Implantation of pacemakers (VVI, DDD)
  • Implantation of biventricular pacemakers (cardiac resynchronization therapy)
  • Implantation of defibrillators (ICD)
  • Implantation of cardio monitors
  • External electrical cardioversion

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