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Cardiology Unit

CLINICAL ACTIVITIES

The Cardiology Unit is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of all cardiovascular diseases, in both acute and chronic phases. It carries out non-invasive cardiological tests and surgical procedures (e.g. transthoracic and transoesophageal ultrasound, vascular studies and functional heart tests) as well as invasive tests and procedures (e.g. complex coronary angioplasty, carotid and peripheral vessel stents and arrhythmias).

 

The Unit has an inpatient ward with a coronary unit and a room for instrumental diagnostic and percutaneous surgical procedures. It carries out more than a thousand percutaneous interventions a year and trats coronary and other heart diseases, such as interatrial septal defect, patent foramen ovale and heart valve malfunction, are treated percutaneously.

 

The Unit also uses non-surgical therapies to treat structural heart diseases (damaged parts of the heart, interatrial septal defects, patent foramen ovale) and to repair heart valves (e.g. aortic stenosis). It also carries out intensive arrhythmology work, with insertion of pacemakers, defibrillators and suppression of cardiac arrhythmias (e.g. atrial fibrillation).

 

The Cardiology Unit operates the following general and specialist clinics:

  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Arrhythmology Clinic
  • Echocardiography Clinic
  • Ergometry Clinic
  • Pacemaker Clinic

It also runs an outpatients clinic focussing on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease for those wishing to undergo a check-up and those with a known cardiovascular disease.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • Adjuvant and interventional pharmacological therapies (antithrombotic and statin therapy) in patients undergoing carotid and coronary angioplasty
  • New intracoronary stents and use of circulating endothelial progenitor cell capture stents
  • Application of autologous stem cells in patients with cardiac contractility dysfunction
  • Research into drug-eluting stents (DES) and the new Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents (PES) used in the treatment of coronary stenosis.

CLINICAL AND RESEARCH COLLABORATION

  • Deutsches Herzzentrum München (Germany)
  • Department of Cardiology, Chieti University
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA)
  • Medical College of Virginia, Richmond (USA)
  • Stanford University (USA)
  • University of California, San Diego (Usa)

INFORMATION AD CONTACTS

Tel.: (+39) 06.22541.1612 | Fax: (+39) 06.22541.1638 |

 

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