An important focus of patient care in cardiology is the treatment of coronary heart disease, acute and chronic cardiac insufficiency (heart failure), arterial hypertension (high blood pressure), heart valve diseases and cardiac arrhythmias.

We offer all conventional non-invasive and invasive examination methods.

These specifically include:

Non-invasive Procedures

  • ECG, bicycle ergometry (stress ECG - semirecumbent), ergospirometry, long-term ECG, event recorder and carotid pressure ECG
  • Tilt table examination and 24-hour long-term blood pressure measurement
  • Transthoracic, colour-coded CW and PW Doppler, tissue Doppler echocardiography, transoesophageal echocardiography (swallowing ultrasound) and stress echocardiography (drug and physical)
  • Magnetic resonance tomography of the heart (imaging of the morphology and simultaneously the function of the heart: perfusion measurement, detection of scarring following infarctions and diagnosis of inflammation of the heart muscle)

Invasive Procedures

  • Cardiac catheterisation examinations (left heart catheterisation / coronary angiography - including radial access, right heart catheterisation, complex heart defect diagnostics and shunt determination)
  • IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) and right and left ventricular myocardial biopsies
  • Electrophysiological examinations (programmed stimulation and mapping procedure)

We use all relevant cardiological therapeutic methods.

Alongside the interventional procedures, all modern pharmacological (drug) and intensive medical forms of treatment are available. We strictly adhere to the German and international guidelines and quality criteria when conducting our work. We offer our patients the following interventional therapeutic methods:

  • Electroconversion (transformation of specific rapid arrhythmias, particularly atrial fibrillations and flutters, into normal sinus rhythm by means of energy discharge through the skin)
  • PTCA = percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (dilation of coronary vessel stenoses using a balloon catheter)
  • Coronary stent implantation (implantation of a vascular support including drug-eluting stents)
  • Rotablation (using a vascular bur to ream calcified plaques).
  • TASH (sclerotherapy of a cardiac septal artery for treatment of obstructive cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle)
  • An IABP (intra-aortic balloon pump) for cardiac assistance in a medical emergency
  • Surgical PFO and ASD closure (shield closure of persistent cardiac septal defects)
  • The possibility of interventional anti-arrhythmic and pacemaker therapy

You can find out more about interventional anti-arrhythmic and pacemaker therapy here

Patients with acute heart diseases are provided with emergency treatment using cutting-edge medical technology on a 24/7 basis.

Stenoses in the coronary vessels are treated using an elastic guiding probe or catheter (balloon catheterisations, stents or rotablation) in modern Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories. We have two state-of-the-art examination rooms with digital data storage and the cardiac catheterisation team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Patients with acute myocardial infarction can be admitted immediately via the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory. It is generally possible to reopen the infarcted vessel using transcatheter intervention.

Preventive measures form an essential part of treatment to avoid a progressive cardiovascular disease (e.g. following a myocardial infarction).

Outpatient cardiological rehabilitation can be conducted following a myocardial infarction or heart valve or bypass surgery in the affiliated Euregio Rehabilitation Centre (ERZ).We have agreements with pension insurance institutions (both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and in Germany as a whole) and health insurance schemes to cover such rehabilitation.

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Academic teaching hospital of the RWTH technical university, Aachen

Clinic for Internal Medicine and Clinical Intensive Care Medicine

Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler

+49 2403 - 76-1827

Dr. med. A. Niedeggen

St.-Antonius-Hospital gGmbH
Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler
tel.: 02403 76 - 0
fax: 02403 76 -1119

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