Congenital heart defects

Welcome to the Departments of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac surgery for congenital heart defects!

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Rainer Kozlik-Feldmann, Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Prof. Dr. André Rüffer, Surgery for Congenital Heart Defects, the University Heart & Vascular Center Hamburg (UCH) offers a range of treatment options of the highest caliber for all congenital and acquired heart diseases. We see ourselves as specialists in a competence center where optimal care of our patients, both small and large, is of primary importance. To ensure in-depth support for your child, we work closely with neonatologists, pediatric anesthesiologists, psychologists and physiotherapists.

We work with state-of-the-art technical equipment for diagnostics and treatment. Three-dimensional real-time echocardiography, special cardio-magnetic resonance imaging programs and the world's fastest force-computed tomography allow us to develop sustainable treatment concepts for our heart patients.

The special emphasis in this field is on non-surgical treatment by means of cardiac catheters as well as surgical treatment of both simple and complex heart defects. Other focus areas are the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias as well as the care of adults with congenital heart defects (ACHD patients).

Every year, around 250 surgical and nearly 300 catheter-based procedures are performed to correct simple as well as complex heart defects. A surgical team is available around the clock, 365 days a year, for emergency interventions of all kinds. The UCH is the only institution in Hamburg offering a complete spectrum of inpatient treatment options for children and adolescents with congenital and acquired heart diseases. Our pediatric staff provides empathic, personal care for all patients in the pediatric cardiological intensive care unit.

Parents and children can always feel at ease with us. The capable and, above all, sustainable care of children with heart disease is our top priority. In order to optimize treatment for our young patients at the highest scientific level, our research is strongly networked, and we work intensively on topics such as Marfan syndrome, interventional catheter methods, non-invasive imaging and cardio-regenerative options for heart failure.

Please direct your treatment request directly to the UKE International Office.

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Address International Office

University Medical Center
International Office
Building O11
Martinistraße 52
20246 Hamburg

Phone & Fax International Office

+49 40 7410 5 5268 Phone
+49 40 7410 5 5272 Phone

+49 40 7410 5 1691 Fax

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