A New Advanced Heart Center at Charité Clinic
Charité Clinic is known to be one of the most famous medical centers throughout Europe for providing the best quality of treatment and patients care. In addition to the professionalism of doctors and higher standards, Charité also works towards state-of-the-art medical techniques and methods for the patients’ best outcomes
As a further step towards the University Heart Center Berlin (UHCB), the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin has focused its heart medicine on the Campus Virchow-Klinikum. A modernized area with two fully refurbished operating theaters and a high-end hybrid surgery is now available for patients.
As part of the overall concept of the UHCB, the areas for heart valve intervention and cardiac surgery have now been relocated from Campus Charité Mitte to the Campus Virchow-Klinikum. The move is now complete and patients with heart conditions will receive the entire spectrum of treatment options there in the future. For medical care, a hybrid operating room and two cardiac surgery operating theaters, as well as an intensive care, a monitoring and a normal ward are available.
At a press event, Prof. Ulrich Frei, medical director of the Charité, represents the modernized area and the interdisciplinary Heart team. The four experts from cardiology and cardiosurgery– Dr. Volkmar Falk, Prof. Ulf Landmesser, Dr. Burkert Pieske and Prof. Karl Stangl – will jointly manage the new Cardiology Department at the Charité. "The close interdisciplinary cooperation of the heart team guarantees the individualized and tailor-made treatment for each patient as well as the highest level of safety. We have consciously oriented ourselves to the patient's clinical picture and have created hospital structures that support this, "emphasized Prof. Frei.
In the new hybrid operating room, doctors can operate on heart valves of the patient minimally invasively via the catheter. "With this innovative so-called TAVI method, the heart valves can be replaced gently and safely without the need for a surgical opening of the chest. This is possible even in severely ill patients with a high risk for surgery," said Prof. Karl Stangl, the head of the TAVI program and acting director of the Department of Cardiology at Campus Charité Mitte. The hybrid operating room is operated by all three cardiology clinics as a joint institution and together with cardiac surgery.
Cardiac surgery has received two operating theaters with state-of-the-art equipment. Dr. Volkmar Falk, the director of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Charité and the Medical Director of the German Heart Center Berlin, welcomes the new joint structure: "This move is a first important step towards the realization of the joint University Heart Center Berlin by Charité and German Heart Center Berlin."
Prof. Ulf Landmesser, the director of the Department of Cardiology at the Campus of Benjamin Franklin, is also convinced of the interdisciplinary concept: "I am particularly pleased that we are working very closely along with heart surgeons here. Together, we now have one of the largest facilities for the catheter-based heart valve therapy in Europe."
Dr. Burkert Pieske, the director of the Department of Cardiology at the Virchow-Klinikum Campus, added: "In addition, the hybrid operating room is equipped with a high-resolution localization system for the treatment of complicated cardiac arrhythmias. We now have a state-of-the-art hybrid catheter lab and are also able to expand the spectrum of different treatment options in the future. "
The heart clinics will continue to be based at the Benjamin Franklin Campus and the Charité Mitte Campus. From now on, very modern heart treatment methods will be carried out at all sites of Charité.
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