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Medical Departments

Cardiology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Care Medicine

Treatment and Care Priorities at a Glance:

Cardiology/Angiological Care

Our two units are equipped with a telemetry which ensures continuous ECG monitoring and thus maximum safety in high-risk patients.

Medical Emergency

The emergency room is the focal point for the acute care and forms part of the emergency medicine. We are available 24/7.

Phone (0621) 424-5226

Nursing Management
Gerhard Preston

Medical Management
Senior Consultant Dr. Simon Walter MD
Dr. Dominique Volk

Chest Pain Unit

The CPU provides a prompt and comprehensive assessment of the acute chest pain by means of its equipment and personnel. The cause can be harmless, but also potentially life-threatening diseases, such as myocardial infarction or pulmonary artery embolism. These diseases require a quick diagnosis which this special facility makes possible.

The patients are treated by doctors experienced in cardiology, as well as by trained nurses. The connection to our Medica Intensive Care Unit (IN1) and the cardiac catheterisation laboratories (24-hour standby), but also to the medical emergency admission is essential. The CPU of the Theresienkrankenhaus is available around-the-clock to all patients with chest pain.

Intensive Care Unit

Our department has its own intensive care unit. Here, patients with diseases of the cardiovascular system are treated, especially those with coronary heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome, congenital and acquired heart defects, cardiomyopathy, heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. A 24-hour cardiac catheterisation readiness enables early and optimum treatment of the acute heart attack around-the-clock.

In addition, patients with diseases of the peripheral vessels (for example, PAOD or leg vein thrombosis) are treated.

Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory

The coronary blood vessels can be viewed with a cardiac catheterisation. Thus, for example, dangerous narrowings can be uncovered which could cause a heart attack. The cardiologists can then directly remove deposits in the blood vessels or perform a balloon dilatation (method in which the vessel is distended). In many cases, a stent (vascular prosthesis) is used to keep the vessel open permanently.

There are two heart catheter measuring stations available where about 3000 coronary angiographies, and about 1,000 stenting, as well as about 300 left-right heart catheter examinations for the heart defect diagnostics are performed each year.

Appointments via the Cardio-hotline
Phone (0621) 424-4778

Electrophysiology

An electrophysiological examination aims to determine the type and the mechanism of cardiac arrhythmias and directly perform a therapy, if possible. The examination under local anaesthesia lasts one to two hours during which several thin electrode catheters are inserted via the femoral veins or arteries into the heart. The electrical signals are measured at different points of the heart. During further examinations, the doctors intentionally trigger a heart rhythm disorder using undetectable pacemaker pulses, to gain insights into the fundamental causes. These malfunctions are largely harmless for the patient and can be treated immediately, if necessary. With the results, the doctor can then decide precisely which therapy is the best: The diseased areas of the heart can be treated with high-frequency electric current or cold, thus minimising the risk of future cardiac arrhythmias.

Appointments via the Cardio-hotline
Phone (0621) 424-4778

Implantation of Cardiac Pacemakers and ICD systems

Annually, about 200 MRI-capable and dual chamber pacemaker systems, as well as about 60 ICD systems, are implanted in co-operation with our general surgical clinic. In addition, we take care of patients with cardiac pacemakers and ICD systems and offer outpatient services, such as aggregate switching with battery drainage.

Appointments via the Cardio-hotline
Phone (0621) 424-4778

Cardio MRT

This technology (magnetic resonance imaging of the heart) allows a precise diagnosis of the heart and of the heart vessels, without having to expose the patients to X-ray radiation. Examinations using cardio MRI are offered both for inpatient and pre-ward, as well as outpatients.

Appointments via
Jörg Schmidt
Phone (0621) 424-5618

Cardio CT

As an image method, computed tomography offers the possibility of representing the coronary blood vessels non-invasively (no surgery). As technique and interpretation of the coronary CT requires both radiological and cardiological knowledge, we work closely with our clinic's Radiological Department.

With the technology of a dual source device (256 lines), the entire heart may be recorded, i.e. in about 0.2 seconds, during diastoles. Thus, the patient is exposed to an even lower radiation exposure. By means of computed tomography, coronary heart disease can be diagnosed clearly, even if the arteries are already largely calcified (advanced arteriosclerosis).

Appointments via
Jörg Schmidt
Phone (0621) 424-5618

Cardiac Outpatient Clinic

The Cardiology Functional Diagnostics is also open to outpatients. Their services include the entire non-invasive diagnostics spectrum, including echocardiography with Doppler and colour duplex sonograpy of the peripheral and brain-supplying vessels, transoesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography, 24-hour ECG, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, as well as pacemakers and a defibrillator outpatient clinic.

Prevention and Patient Training

Prevention and patient training are a major priority. In collaboration with the Mannheim Sports Club 1846 e.V., numerous coronary sport groups are maintained. Furthermore, regular information sessions for patients and their families are held, for example, supported as part of the health seminar "Matters of the heart" conducted by the Deutsche Herzstiftung [German Heart Foundation]. In addition, regular training for dealing with blood-thinning drugs are held.

For more information and registration
Phone (0621) 424-4268


Contact

Chief secretariat
Monika Kulczinski
Theresienkrankenhaus
Bassermannstraße 1
68165 Mannheim
4th floor, room 461
Phone (0621) 424-4268
Fax (0621) 424-4365
E-Mail: m.haass@theresienkrankenhaus.de

Cardiac clinic
Phone (0621) 424-4268

Pacemaker outpatient clinic
Phone(0621) 424-4291

Cardio hotline: Cardiac catheterisation examinations (outpatient and inpatient), Pacemaker implantations (incl. ICD) and admission appointments
Denise Opitz
Phone (0621) 424-4778
Fax (0621) 424-4855

Kardio-MRT and Kardio-CT
Jörg Schmitt
Phone (0621) 424-5618
Fax (0621) 424-4664