The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (Cardiology, Angiology, Intensive Care Medicine) represents one of three clinics in the Department of Internal Medicine. Over 5,000 patients per year are cared for on an inpatient basis, either on one of four regular wards or on the intensive care unit. Our institution provides evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathies, cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, arterial disorders, and venous thromboembolism.

The Division is weil recognized and has gained wide acceptance as a regional center for cardiovascular medicine. A full-time faculty of nine cardiologists and angiologists provides elective, urgent or emergency consultations as necessary. Non-invasive testing includes routine and 24-hour electrocardiography, telemetric ecg transmission, transthoracic and transesophageal echo-cardiography with color-flow Doppler, pharmacologic stress echocardio- graphy and both venous and arterial color-flow ultrasonography with Doppler. The Division also provjdes the full range of cardiac catheterization, angioplasty and stent placement, and invasive electrophysiologic proce- dures, in addition to pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. Invasive and non-invasive tilt table testing is available, too. The Division works in close collaboration with the Department of Surgery (pacemakers, defibrillators), with the Department of Radiology (working group Otl non-invasive cardiovascular imaging -computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) and with the Institute of Nuclear Medicine (exercise and pharmacologic sestamibi stress testing).

The Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation is part of the Division and allows for special rehabilitation care on an outpatient basis for patients who suffered myocardial infarction or underwent cardiac surgery, e.g. after coronary artery bypass grafting or heart valve replacement.

As the hospital is an teaching affiliation of the University of Marburg students are educated and physicians may enter the training program to acquire the german board certification for internal medicine, cardiology and intensive care medicine.