Clinical activity

The main mission of the Cardiology Unit is to diagnose and treat the whole spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, both in the acute and in the chronic phase.

The Unit performs clinical consultations, non-invasive diagnostic tests (e.g. trans-thoracic and trans-oesophageal echocardiography, peripheral vascular examinations and functional tests) as well as invasive procedures (e.g. angioplasties of complex coronary arteries lesions, percutaneous treatments of carotid arteries and peripheral vessels diseases, electrophysiological studies, ablations of arrhythmias).

The Cardiology Unit includes the Catheterization Laboratory, the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and the Non-invasive Cardiology Unit.

The Cardiology Unit performs overall more than a thousand of invasive procedures per year.

The Unit undertakes percutaneous interventions for the treatment of structural heart diseases (altered parts of the heart, defects of the interatrial septum, patent oval foramen, patent ductus arteriosus) and for the treatment of the heart valves (e.g. aortic stenosis and mitral stenosis or regurgitation, tricuspid regurgitation).
It has an intense activity in the area of arrythmias, with implants of pacemakers, defibrillators and ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, using a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

The Cardiology Unit perform the following activities dedicated to outpatients:

  • Arrhythmias outpatient clinic
  • General Cardiology outpatient clinic
  • Echocardiography laboratory
  • Ergometry clinic
  • Pacemaker clinic
  • Cardiovascular prevention clinic

Research activity

  • Adjuvant and interventional pharmacological therapies (antithrombotic and statin therapy) in patients undergoing coronary and carotid angioplasty
  • New intracoronary stents and use of stents to capture circulating endothelial progenitor cells
  • Application of autologous stem cells in patients with dysfunctions of cardiac contractility
  • Research on medicated stents (DES) and new medicated balloons (PES) for the treatment of coronary stenoses

Clinical and research collaboration

  • German Heart Centre Munich (Germany)
  • Cardiology department, University of Chieti
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA)
  • Medical College of Virginia, Richmond (USA)
  • Stanford University (USA)
  • University of California, San Diego (USA)
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota (USA)