The Department of Cardiology, University Medical Centre Mainz of Johannes Gutenberg University, is the leading cardiology centre in Rhineland-Palatinate and the metropolitan Rhine-Main area in Germany.
The main focus of our centre is the diagnosis and treatment of patients with:
- Acute coronary syndromes
- Heart valve disease
- Heart failure
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Congenital heart disease
In 2018, the centre treated 10,500 inpatients and 22,000 outpatients. The clinic has six cardiac catheterisation laboratories where every year we perform:
- Around 3,500 diagnostic cardiac catheterisations and percutaneous coronary interventions in patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure
- 800 minimally invasive heart valve interventions
- 450 TAVIs, 200 Mitraclips and 100 Tricuclips
- 1,000 ablations for patients with atrial fibrillation
- Implantation of 500 pacemakers and 250 defibrillators with or without resynchronisation.
- 400 peripheral interventions for patients with PAD
Our Chest Pain Unit treats more than 6,000 patients per year, of which around 1,000 have an acute coronary syndrome; and recently we introduced a ‘manager check’ unit. We are certified by the German Society of Cardiology with respect to Interventional Cardiology, as a TAVI and a Mitraclip Centre.
Our key research area is the identification of the pathophysiology leading to vascular dysfunction. In preclinical and clinical studies we investigate:
- The adverse effects of both traditional and novel environmental risk factors such as noise and air pollution on oxidative stress and vascular (endothelial) function; and
- The diagnostic value of biomarkers with respect to cardiovascular disease.
In particular, we explore the involvement of risk factors and genes in causing vascular dysfunction in the Gutenberg Health Study (GHS), one of the largest prospective population-based cohort trials worldwide. The Centre of Cardiology initiated and is part of the Centre of Thrombosis and Hemostasis (CTH), an integrated research and treatment centre, and of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), with research group focusing on the interaction between myocardial and vascular disease.