The section of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology offers diagnostic tests and nonsurgical interventional treatments for patients with atherosclerosis and congenital heart disease. Our team offers professionalism and competence and patient-oriented treatments for a wide range of modern invasive cardiology, such as:

  • Hemodynamic evaluation of simple and complex heart problems

  • Diagnostic procedures (coronary angiography, endomyocardial biopsies, intracoronary imaging, coronary hemodynamics)

  • Coronary revascularization / stenting (complex situations such as chronic closures, more vascular disease and hybrid procedures)
    - PCI with the latest stents (eg Bioresorb stents)
    - Hybrid revascularization (PCI and MIDCAB) for selected patients

  • Cardiac interventions in structural heart disease (PFO, ASD, atrial appendage closure, etc.)

  • Catheter-based valve therapies: trans catheter aortic valve intervention (TAVI) and Mitraclip

  • 24/7 Emergencies

These procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or stationary when necessary and indicated.

 

Coronary Artery Stenosis

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When a blood vessel (coronary artery) on the surface heart becomes blocked, this is called a stenosis. This stenosis can be quantified in a percentage of blockage.  A blockage above 50% is considered significant which leads to underperfusion of the heart muscle and to an infarct.

 

Treatment by Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

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A stent is placed inside the coronary artery to open up the stenosis. This is called a percutaneous coronary intervention, also in short PCI. The stent is placed over a catheter which can be inserted either in the groin or the wrist.

 

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Therapeutic Accesses

(1) Transfemoral access is the access of chopice for TAVI (2) in some instances a trans-apical approach can be indicated (3) a direct trans-aortic approach can be done over a mini thoracotomy (4 cm).

A new alternative to conventional aortic valve replacement is the TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) procedure. This is a new technique allowing for modern biological prostheses to be implanted in the existing aortic valve with a catheter. For this access to the heart mainly is gained through a puncture in the groin.

 

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