Circulatory failure / Cardiac failure

Our daily routine includes looking after patients following cardiac surgical and vascular surgical intervention (e.g. ACB, valve surgery, aortic surgery, including thoracoabdominal aortic replacement). We also treat patients with acute cardiovascular failure following cardiac infarction, myocarditis or caused by other basic diseases (e.g. septic cardiomyopathy). In cooperation with the team from the Department of Cardiology, treatment and evaluation of patients with end-stage heart failure represent an essential focus of our department. The aim here is to optimise medicinal stabilisation while providing continuous haemodynamic monitoring. We offer the following types of invasive monitoring: arterial blood pressure measurement, central venous catheter, pulmonary arterial monitoring, and pulse contour analysis.

In the case of severe circulatory failure, we can provide external circulatory support. The following procedures are available: intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), implantation and adjustment of mechanical assist devices (one- and two-chamber systems, temporary [incl. ECMO] and permanent systems) in cooperation with the teams from the Departments of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.

We also specialise in the care of patients before and during the acute phase following a heart transplant.