Cardiology in the heart of Frankfurt – Overview
Due to its complexity, the cardiovascular system cannot be adequately described in a few words.
In principle, it is a closed system that starts from the heart and leads back to the heart – hence circulation.
The heart works as a pump by building up the necessary pressure (blood pressure) to send the blood with the vital substances it contains (oxygen, nutrients, etc.) via the vessels (arteries and veins) on its journey to the organs.
Pathological changes in the heart and/or blood vessels can cause a variety of symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, palpitations, etc.).
What is cardiology in general and specifically with us?
What are the characteristics of this medical specialty?
Cardiology is a science and medical specialty that deals with the cardiovascular spectrum of diseases and their therapy.
When should patients consult a cardiologist?
The cardiologist is your contact person for symptoms such as recurrent heart stumbling, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and much more.
What is available to us diagnostically in the cardiological practice?
We have invested in the most modern cardiological function and ultrasound diagnostics (non-invasive) currently (2019). In medicine, the term non-invasive refers to diagnostic or therapeutic imaging that does not damage the integrity of the body.
The following non-invasive examination methods with the most modern, computer-assisted technology are available to us for heart and circulatory studies.
- Resting ECG
- Exercise ECG (ergometry)
- Long-term ECG (24 hours up to 7 days)
- Long-term blood pressure (24 hours up to 7 days)
- HRV measurement (stress regulation: heart rate variability, regulation of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
- State-of-the-art 3D/4D echocardiography (including Dynamic Heart Model)
- Dynamic Stress Echocardiography
- Ultrasound examination of neck vessels and the abdominal aorta
For the safety of our patients.
For fast, conclusive diagnoses.
What happens after an initial diagnosis?
Many diagnoses lead to conservative treatment. Examples:
- Therapy of cardiovascular risk factors (e.g. high blood pressure therapy, diabetes, blood lipid reduction, weight reduction)
- Drug therapy of heart failure (cardiac insufficiency)
- Drug monitoring of the heart rate (e.g. atrial fibrillation) and blood thinning if necessary
- There are also conservative treatment options for non-specific heart complaints that do not require drug treatment.
If further diagnosis or therapy is indicated, we refer our patients directly to heart centres associated with us.
These centres have the full range of complex non-invasive (including, for example, cardiac CT/MRI) and invasive diagnostics and therapy (such as coronary artery disease interventions in the cardiac catheter laboratory or electrophysiological procedures).