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German Heart Center Berlin

German Heart Center Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Clinic Review

The German Heart Center Berlin was founded in 1986 and is one of the most respectable and strong institutions not only in Germany but also in the world.

The problem of cardiovascular diseases is one of the first places in the list of mortality causes of the world's population. Only a comprehensive therapeutic and diagnostic approach, the use of modern methods of treating heart and vascular diseases, as well as timely qualified care with subsequent rehabilitation can reduce unsatisfactory statistical indicators. All this is available at the German Heart Center.

The center is absolutely deservedly located in the top three leading clinics in Germany, according to the independent rating of the German magazine FOCUS. According to all major rating criteria, which include: the number of operated patients, the number of certified specialists and average staff, assessment of the patient's reputation by patients, reviews from other medical specialists, standards of patient care, medical and hygienic indicators, the center took the leading positions .

Treatment and care in the center is carried out according to the latest modern standards with the use of the latest equipment. There is everything for carrying out the most complicated cardiovascular surgical interventions.

Infrastructure of German Heart Center in Berlin 

The institution has 166 beds for inpatient treatment, 50 of which are located in the intensive care unit and intensive care unit. The full functioning of the medical center is provided by personnel of 400 people, 190 of which are highly qualified specialized specialists (11 of them are well-known professors of German and Swiss origin).

Cardiac and cardiosurgical symposiums, congresses of European and world level are annually held in the basis of the center. Annually, in the basis of the National Securities Commission, specialized specialists from different countries of the world are trained in the framework of raising their own qualifications. The center has the latest equipment for high-quality diagnostics, including a modern 128-band computer tomograph.

Today the German Heart Institute in Berlin is:

  • more than 1770 heart transplants, 181 of which are children's;
  • more than 2,700 medical and diagnostic coronary angiography per year;
  • about 6700 surgical interventions a year, 2,400 of which using the device of artificial circulation (AIC);
  • more than 700 surgical interventions a year for congenital heart disease.

Achievements of German Heart Center

In 2015 alone, about 460 electrophysiological studies of the heart were performed at the center, which resulted in the implantation of more than 200 artificial rhythm pacemakers (pacemakers) and 126 cardioverter defibrillators.

In 2015, the institute was re-recognized as conforming to the standards of the KTQ (quality assessment commission for medical institutions) and certified. It is the only center of cardiovascular surgery in Germany, which managed to undergo re-certification.

Since the opening and until 2014, the center was led by an outstanding specialist Professor Roland Hetzer, who was recognized three times as one of the best doctors. After his departure in 2014, the center is headed by the famous cardiosurgeon, the leading European specialist in minimally invasive cardiosurgery, Professor Volkmar Falk. The team of medical specialists of center consists of the leading doctors from Germany and Switzerland.

The German Heart Center in Berlin, for its history of existence, accepted large number of well-known personalities for treatment, since 2001 the first Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, was regularly examined and treated at the center.

The hospital provides all aspects for a comfortable and safe stay. For patients accompanied by relatives, different options for accommodation are available: from economy options, to single-room luxury rooms and VIPs.

Main branches of the German heart center Berlin:

  • Department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery;
  • Cardiology department;
  • Department of Anaesthesiology, Reanimation and Intensive Care;
  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Diseases.

Opinion from the doctors of the German Cardiology Center Berlin is considered the most acceptable in Europe and America.

Features of the Clinic

In an era of rapidly developing global medicine, the clinic also emphasizes on the development of minimally invasive therapeutic tactics, the advantage of such interventions in cardiac surgery is less traumatic, short recovery period, fewer postoperative complications and result are in better effectiveness of treatment.

The German Heart Center Berlin is the leading clinic in Europe for the use of transcatheter valve replacement in children and adults with congenital heart disease using Medtronic-Melody® and Edwards-Sapien® prostheses.

The center has two ultramodern hybrid operating theaters with installed biplane angiography systems, which allows to obtain a three-dimensional X-ray image of high quality.

Treatment of heart disease in Germany at the Heart Center in Berlin

For the first time in the world in 2016 a successful implantation operation was carried out for two modern HeartMate 3 heart pumps to maintain circulation to a patient with a weak function of the right and left ventricles, The Center is the global leader in the field of artificial circulation support Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS). Active research is carried out in the field of reducing the risks of thrombus formation in artificial pumps.

One of the main indicators of the stability of patients with heart failure is the level of arterial-pulmonary pressure, previously this figure could be measured in a hospital with cardiac catheterization. The Berlin Cardiology Center is now actively using the technique of setting the CardioMEMS microsystem into the pulmonary artery, which allows you to remotely monitor the level of pressure and transmit data to a special site. where the doctor can learn the dynamics of numbers. This technique significantly improves the quality of life of the patient, almost 40% reduces the need for hospitalization.

In the department of thoracic surgery, the most complicated operations are performed for surgical correction of aneurysms of various aortic departments, as well as for stenting of the aortic areas. German Heart Center Berlin specialists are known for successful interventions for prosthetics of large areas of the aorta, surgical interventions of this type in the clinic are often performed without the use of AIC, which greatly simplifies the recovery period.

Testimonials (1)
Average clinic rating
Graham Thompson
Patient Verified
  • 5
I did a cardio pacemaker surgery here two years ago and results are great. It wasn’t a scary procedure as it sounded and the doctors were very professional in their conduct. I have only good feelings about this center although located... Read more
Berlin, Germany, March 6, 2018
Focus magazine rating
Focus magazine rating


Prof. Joachim Photiadis
more than 25 years
Prof. Felix Berger
more than 25 years
Prof. Volkmar Falk
more than 25 years
One of the best specialists in Europe in the field of cardiac surgery. He received his doctorate at the University of Heidelberg. Skills of plastic cardiac surgery were mastered at the Harvard University Hospital (Boston, USA).
During his many years of practice he operated in number of leading German clinics (including Heidelberg and Asklepios), London, Melbourne, and since 2012 he has been practicing at the German Cardiology Center.
According to the rating magazine FOCUS he is included in the top 50 of the best cardiosurgeons in Germany. Professor Photiadis owns a unique method of emergency correction of valvular pathology in newborns with CHD incompatible with life.
This unique technique helps to save children with the most complex disorders of the heart structure. The doctor is a recognized specialist in coronary shunting, as well as in surgical correction of hypoplasia of the left heart.
Specializations of the doctor: coronary shunting, surgical correction of hypoplasia of the left heart.
Prof. Joachim Photiadis
Experience: more than 25 years
The director of the department of congenital heart diseases, the head of the children's cardiology department of the German Heart Center, the head of the chair of children's cardiology of the medical faculty of Charite, the head of the children's cardiology department of the Charité clinic.
Felix Berger is one of the most respected and well-known specialists in the treatment of congenital heart disease and child cardiology in Europe. The doctor owns number of research papers and many publications. Under him developed number of minimally invasive techniques for correcting valvular and septal defects, surgical techniques with minimal blood loss, complex schemes for rapid rehabilitation of patients in the postoperative state.
Specializations of the doctor: heart failure in children and adolescents, congenital heart disease, minimally invasive valvular surgery, arterial-pulmonary hypertension in CHD, artificial circulation, WPW syndrome in adulthood, transcatheter valve replacement, hybrid surgery.
Prof. Felix Berger
Experience: more than 25 years
Director of the German Cardiology Center Berlin, an expert in minimally invasive cardiosurgery, head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in Charite.
A world-class specialist in modern cardiac surgery with many years of experience, the author of more than 400 scientific papers, the head of innovative developments within his specialization in Germany, co-author of the European recommendations on cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, and minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery. Professor is popular for his innovative methods of interventions without the use of the device of artificial circulation.
The professor became director of the center in 2014, before that he was in charge of the Department of Cardiac Surgery and Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic at the University Clinic of Zurich (Switzerland). According to the version of the independent German rating magazine FOCUS, for the third year in a row the professor occupies a leading position among experts in the field of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.
Specializations of the doctor: minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery of valvular valves, mechanical auxiliary circulation, arterial coronary revascularization, minimally invasive transmiocardial laser revascularization, shunting, heart failure, stenting and prosthetics of aortic aneurysms.
Prof. Volkmar Falk
Experience: more than 25 years
Location of the Clinic
Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin

The buildings of the cardiological center is located on the campus of the largest clinic in Germany - Charité. The Berlin Heart Center is an autonomous unit of the famous Charite Hospital. Directly opposite to the main entrance, which is located on the Augustenburger Square, is the Amrumer Strasse underground station. The road junction is very convenient, it will be quite comfortable to navigate around Berlin by yourself. On the hospital territory there are pharmacies and catering facilities, several ATMs of Deutsche Bank. Here, directly opposite to the main hospital building, is the Hotel Axel Springer, ready to receive patients and accompanying persons. Nearby are coffee shops, restaurants, fastfood, parks and shopping centers.

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