SPECIAL CONSULTATION HOURS
To provide detailed guidance for patients and referring physicians, we have set up individual outpatient clinics for each specialist unit within our Department. The below section provides an overview of the clinical services provided by each unit and the relevant contact details for personal appointments
ION CHANNEL DEFECTS AND HEREDITARY SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH
The occurrence of sudden cardiac arrest in the absence of a pre-existing heart disease is rare, but tends to affect relatively young people. In cases where no damage to the heart muscle and the heart valves can be identified (a structurally healthy heart), a so-called ion channel defect is frequently the underlying cause. Ion channel defects are hereditary changes in specific proteins which are responsible for normal cardiac electrical excitation. These changes mean that the heart is considerably more susceptible to developing malignant cardiac arrhythmia in specific circumstances. Examples of hereditary cardiac arrhythmia include Long QT Syndrome, Brugada Syndrome, and Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). Due to the genetic nature of the predisposition, several family members are often affected. In our special consultation hours for ion channel diseases and hereditary sudden cardiac death, we can provide detailed advice about these rare diseases. For family members who have a genetic predisposition for these diseases but are currently asymptomatic, we try to assess their risk of sudden cardiac death based on current research in order to create an individualised treatment plan.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder, but can have significant negative effects on everyday life for sufferers.
The best treatment is tailored specifically to each individual patient. Together with our patients, we develop a customized therapy, depending on the duration and frequency of the atrial fibrillation and whether other diseases of the heart or other organs are present. Treatment may include medication to stabilise the heart rhythm, or a catheter procedure known as pulmonary vein isolation.
In addition to the treatment of the arrhythmia itself, we also focus on the prevention of secondary diseases. Strokes, in particular, can pose a significant risk for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. As an alternative to anticoagulatory therapy, we also offer the possibility of an atrial appendage closure, which effectively renders anticoagulation unnecessary.
Head of Unit
Secretary Hannover Heart Rhythm Center
Tel.: +49 511-532-82604
Contact and appointments
Tel.: 0511 532-3817
Fax: 0511 532-8475
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