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Cardiology is a combination of comprehensive diagnosis, invasive cardiology and complex heart surgery. Heart operations include the treatment of constricted or blocked coronary vessels using balloon dilation or implantation of stents, the treatment of heart valve damage and heart valve replacement, the insertion of cardiac pacemakers and implantable defibrillators (ICDs), catheter-based treatment of heart rhythm disorders (radio frequency ablation), the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, and stroke treatment, during which every minute is vital.
Klinik Im Park offers the entire range of cardiology services. Experienced, nationally and internationally renowned cardiologists, angiologists, rhythmologists and heart surgeons at the Cardiology and Vascular Centre Zurich guarantee first-class, individualised treatment.
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.
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