More than ten million Europeans have heart diseases. Every year, the number of heart patients hits 600,000, and more than 100,000 surgeries are successfully conducted at German cardiology centers. Clinics in Germany offer a full spectrum of advanced cardiovascular diagnostic and care methods.
Most heart diseases require surgical treatment.
Heart diseases. Endoscopic surgery.
Endoscopy plays a key role in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Endoscopic operations appear to be maximally conservative and minimally traumatic. The whole load of work is done via an endoscope, enabling the surgeon to watch the process on a TV screen. Stenting and angioplasty are the most common types of endoscopic heart surgery.
Heart diseases. Pacemakers.
Heart diseases, such as stable arrhythmia, pronounced bradycardia and/or atrial fibrillation, which result from muscle contraction disorders, can only be treated using a pacemaker. The device is implanted beneath the skin or the pectoral muscle, under local anesthesia. The whole procedure takes less than thirty minutes.
The Friedrichshafen Cardiology Center in Germany uses reprogrammable pacemakers, which do not require surgical extraction.
Heart diseases. Myocardial revascularization.
A surgery aimed at preventing poor circulation in the myocardium is called myocardial revascularization. Most commonly, the term myocardial revascularization is referred to as coronary artery bypass grafting. The operation reestablishes arterial blood flow in the muscle by sending blood around the narrowed portion of a coronary vessel via grafts.
However, revascularization can be performed using a minimally invasive and therefore painless method called coronary stenting. Coronary angioplasty lies in the introduction of a stent into a ballooned vessel to prevent it from shrinking back. All procedures are done through catheterization, mostly via the femoral artery.
Heart diseases. Coronary surgery
A heart disease, which is most commonly referred to as ischemic disease, results from poor circulation in the myocardium. Pharmaceutical therapy is not effective in treating progressive ischemic disease. In order to reestablish circulation in the affected portions of the heart, coronary artery bypass grafting is required. The procedure restores all diseased vessels.
Heart diseases. Laser revascularization
This is the latest unrivaled method, which is used in Germany and applied in cases whereby stenting and coronary artery bypass grafting are not feasible. A lead is guided into the heart through a minor incision in the chest, which applies a laser ray to the myocardium to cut channels through it and route blood to the muscle.
Definitely, prices for diagnostic and treatment of heart diseases vary. Here is a rough price list for the most common procedures conducted at cardiology centers in Germany:
|Heart valve plastic repair:(replacement not involved)||€18.000 – €20.000|
|Heart valve replacement||€23.000 or more|
|Coronary artery bypass grafting||€22.000 or more|
|Coronary angiography||€2500 or more|
|Coronary stenting||€1500 per stent|
German professionalism guarantees excellent results even in severe cases of heart diseases. Patients, who place integrity and openness are above all, choose treatment in Germany. All patients are invited to a pre-surgery consultation to discuss particular procedures, general medical condition, diagnosis, test results and expected costs.