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Klinik Im Park offers services in the entire spectrum of cardio-vascular medicine. These include comprehensive diagnostics and invasive cardiology, as well as complex cardio-vascular surgery. Experienced, nationally and internationally recognised cardiologists and cardiac surgeons guarantee individual treatment at the very highest level.
The range of cardiac surgery provided includes the treatment of constricted or blocked coronary vessels with the aid of a balloon or implantation of vascular supports (stents), the treatment of cardiac valve problems and cardiac valve replacement, the insertion of cardiac pacemakers and implantable defibrillators (ICD), the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias with catheter technology (radio frequency ablation), the treatment of atrial fibrillation and flutter, and the treatment of cardiac infarction, where every minute counts.
Among the techniques performed in vascular surgery are the implantation of vascular supports (stents) in constricted carotid, renal, pelvic, arm and leg arteries and the treatment of vascular bulging (aneurysms).
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Angiology is concerned with the body's complex system of blood vessels, particularly the arteries and veins.
The angiologist knows about the structure and characteristics of the various blood vessels in the body. He is a specialist in all the changes that can occur in these vessels. His area of expertise includes, therefore, disorders such as the narrowing or closure, dilation and inflammation of the vessels. In order to be able to determine exactly how a vessel has changed, he is able to carry out a variety of examinations, e.g. a Doppler ultrasound test, oscillography (measuring the fluctuations in volume of the extremities) or even a test run on a jogging machine.
The angiologist knows about the various ways of treating vessels that have undergone change. For example, he will remove varicose veins using a method known as 'stripping', deal with spider veins or remove blockages in blood vessels by means of a surgical intervention. In such cases he works with a vascular surgeon, a specialist in blood vessel surgery.
Thoracic and cardiovascular surgery focuses on the invasive treatment of disorders, injuries and deformities of the vessels in the chest cavity (thorax) and the heart.
To diagnose disorders in this part of the body, the specialist makes use of a variety of tests. These can take the form of electrocardiography. ECG measures the heart's electrical impulses, and gives him clues about the heart's condition.
If heart surgery is required – such as to implant artificial heart valves – he is the person who will do this. His speciality also involves implanting heart pacemakers, closing holes between the left and right ventricles (chambers) of the heart, or dealing with constrictions in the coronary vessels.
Cardiology is the science and study of the heart, its functions and all the disorders that can affect this organ and impair its normal function. The cardiologist's area of expertise encompasses conditions such as a heart attack, heart failure and arrhythmia (heart rhythm disturbance). To find out how well the heart is working the cardiologist uses specialised methods of testing, such as use of the electrocardiograph (the ECG measures the heart's electrical impulses) or a chest X-ray.
The cardiologist works closely with the thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. Under certain circumstances he can carry out specific types of operation, such as implanting a heart pacemaker.
After a patient's illness or operation, the cardiologist suggests courses of action to help restore him back to health. This can include a stay in a special rehabilitation clinic, a specially tailored keep-fit programme, or taking the appropriate medicines.
The rhythmology department covers all the major aspects of this specialty, such as the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms by catheter ablation and the implantation of pacemakers, the prevention of sudden heart death by the implantation of internal defibrillators, and electric stimulation in cases of heart muscle weakness by the implantation of biventricular systems.
Radiology uses non-invasive methods to obtain images of our bodies' organs. The best-known example of this would be photographs created by means of X-rays.
The radiologist is not only an expert in X-ray imaging, but in newer forms of examination techniques as well, including ultrasound, computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The appropriate forms of examination are frequently used to determine the exact location and size of an injury, tumour, or source of bleeding. Disorders of the brain, spinal cord or inner organs are often examined using these techniques. The radiologist is then responsible for interpreting the results of the tests.
Some of these methods can be combined with the use of certain 'radiopaque' drugs that display the organs more clearly. The radiologist is able to determine which cases would benefit most from these substances, how they will work and what problems might arise through their use.
Anaesthetics is the study of pain relief, use of anaesthesia and resuscitation. The anaesthetist is especially important when it comes to surgery. Before a surgical intervention he goes over all the important points with the patient, e.g. what medicines he regularly takes, or how the patient reacted to any earlier anaesthesia. He then chooses the right medicines for the upcoming operation and administers them to the patient. During the operation he monitors the patient's heart / lung activity and circulation using a variety of equipment. After the intervention he continues to monitor the patient's health and intervenes if any problems arise.
Intensive care is used in situations where vital body functions stop working as a result of a disorder, operation or accident. This can involve the activity of the heart, breathing, or the normal functioning of the liver, kidneys or brain.
The specialist in intensive care medicine has at his disposal everything that is needed to resuscitate a patient and restore the normal functions of the organs. He has in-depth knowledge of the drugs and equipment that are required to do this, such as the ventilator, or the defibrillator that uses electric current to correct malfunctions in the muscles of the heart.
The specialist in intensive care medicine plays an important role in transplant operations. He establishes the brain death of the donor, and looks after the organ recipient following the operation for as long as is necessary.
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