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Cardiology, Angiology, Pneumology

Centres of excellence:

  • Heart disorders (arrhythmia, cardiology, cardio-oncology, cardio-vascular prevention and congenital heart defects)
  • Vascular diseases (angiology)
  • Coagulation disorders
  • Pulmonary diseases (pneumology)
  • Interdisciplinary internal medicine intensive care

Heart diseases

Hybrid-operating theatre

Anyone suffering from heart problems will find the best possible care in our cardiology department in Mannheim. “As one of seven locations of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Herz-Kreislauf-Forschung – DZHK), we specialise in the treatment of arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy, the surgical/interventional treatment of cardiac valve diseases, the implantation of cardioverter defibrillators as well as the electrical therapy of cardiac insufficiency”, says Professor Martin Borggrefe, Director of Medical Clinic I, which specialises in cardiology. “We are among the top-ranked medical departments nationally and internationally especially in the diagnostic investigation of primary cardiac arrhythmia, the so-called ion-channel related disorders.”

These include hereditary diseases such as the Brugada syndrome as well as the long and the short QT syndrome, which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Every year, an average number of 200 patients with Brugada syndrome are treated in Mannheim. This makes the Mannheim university teaching hospital one of the major centres in Europe specialising in this particular form of heart disorder.

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators


In a case of arrhythmia, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) produce an electrical impulse which restores the normal heart rate and frequency. In conventional ICDs the electrodes transmitting the impulses are anchored in the heart. However, despite the indispensable and life-saving properties of ICDs, the electrodes can cause problems by breaking or triggering infections – risks which are significantly reduced by the use of subcutaneous defibrillators (SICDs). Here the electrodes are not placed in the heart but are fitted in front of the sternum; the defibrillator itself is implanted directly under the skin.

“We are the German reference centre for SICDs and have accumulated the greatest experience nationwide in this procedure”, says Professor Borggrefe. “Doctors even come from other countries to Mannheim for the purpose of learning these techniques.”

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Top Nationales Krankenhaus 2020

The University Hospital Mannheim is "Top National Hospital 2020". FOCUS Health has awarded in Cardiology as "Top Medical Expert 2019": Prof. Dr. med. Martin Borggrefe.

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