Welcome to the IKEM Cardiology Department.
The IKEM Cardiology Department is a highly specialised cardiology unit that provides the full scope of care for patients with cardiovascular diseases in the Czech Republic. It forms part of the IKEM Cardiology Centre.
The Interventional Cardiology Division provides 24-hour operation for invasive treatment of myocardial infarction using direct percutaneous coronary intervention (opening of the blocked coronary artery and its reinforcement using a metal component – stent). The unit also performs other therapeutic catheter procedures, such as closures of the atrial or ventricular septal defects and implantations of artificial valves.
The Arrhythmology Division performs a broad spectrum of catheter ablations (therapeutic interventions that enable the use of catheters to remove various types of arrhythmias), predominantly ablations of atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachyarrhythmias. The unit is one of several leading world centres with experience in catheter ablations using a robotic system. It is a centre with many years of tradition and experience in implantations of pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators.
The Non-Invasive Cardiology Division disposes of all modern techniques of non-invasive diagnostic methods for cardiovascular diseases. About 18,000 echocardiographic assessments are performed at the division annually.
The Heart Failure Division provides testing of patients with heart failure and their comprehensive therapy, including the transplantation programme and follow-up monitoring after heart transplantation.
The Acute Cardiology Division replaced the original coronary unit as it provides the treatment of a broad spectrum of acute conditions in cardiology and not only in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Ever more patients have been treated for acute decompensation of heart failure or for serious arrhythmias and other conditions.
Both wards provide the background for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and for the treatment of a number of cardiovascular diseases.
From the scientific point of view, the Cardiology Department is one of the primary research centres in cardiology. The department is involved in a number of scientific grant projects and clinical studies engaged in modern therapeutic procedures and technologies. The Cardiology Department is thus one of the primary European centres.
The department also acts as a teaching centre – both for future doctors and for future specialists in cardiology. The department organises numerous teaching events including live transmissions from catheterisation theatres every year. Thanks to cooperation with the media, the department seeks to popularise cardiology and open up the problems of cardiovascular diseases accessible to patients.
I wish you that your stay at the Cardiology Department is content in all aspects and that the treatment of your disease is as successful as possible.
Prof. MUDr. Josef Kautzner, CSc
Director of the IKEM Cardiology Department