The specialists at the cardiology department at Friedrichshafen Clinic (Germany) achieved good results in treatment of different cardiac diseases, including cardiac insufficiency – inability of heart to perform its main pump function. This disorder is a leader among the heart diseases, diagnosed in patients who are older than 35 years old.
The head of the Department MD Detlev Jäger is an experienced specialist with broad scope of cardiological qualifications. More than 1500 patients with cardiac insufficiency are successfully treated at this department annually.
Due to various reasons, the cardiac muscle weakens and pumps less amount of blood into the veins than your organism needs. All organs suffer in this case; they do not get enough oxygen:
The symptoms of the cardiac insufficiency: dyspnea, dry cough and edemas. Intensity of these symptoms tells us about the particular stage of the disease. In the early stage, dyspnea comes during physical activity. In case of full-blown cardiac insufficiency, dyspnea is permanent even in the quiescent state. It increases after the slightest physical effort, even during a conversation. In case of severe form, dyspnea comes suddenly and has a form of a suffocation attack. Edemas often appear on the legs in the evening and pass by the morning. Edemas become permanent along with the disease progression. Muscle weakness during cardiac insufficiency is caused by both the reduced blood flow in the muscles and dyspnea that comes after any kind of physical load.
Accurate diagnosis of cardiac insufficiency and its degree determines the treatment specific character. The applied examination methods in the German clinics allow to make a prognosis of disease and prescribe an appropriate treatment course, including surgical operation if needed. For example, if heart diseases or great vessels stenosis are detected, surgery has to be performed as soon as possible not waiting for a severe form of the disease.
The patient examination algorithm in the treatment process, that was developed by the German specialists, is very clear:
The additional diagnosis methods are perfusion scintigraphy, magnetic resonance arteriography with contrasting substances application.
Usually, they start the cardiac insufficiency treatment with medicamental therapy. Doctors prescribe diuretics for edemas elimination and heart relief, cardiac glycosides to improve cardiac muscle functioning, beta-blockers for rhythm normalization, nitrates for vessels dilation.
In case of evident rhythm disorders, which are especially dangerous by onset of the ciliary arrhythmia paroxysms, medicamental therapy is supplemented by realignmental therapy – artificial pacemaker (cardiostimulator or cardioverter-defibrillator) implantation. Pacemaker implantation, performed at German clinics can be a key to healthy life.
The main target of cardiac insufficiency treatment is:
In the severe cases the heart transplantation is conducted. This step, however, is rather radical and the specialists of our do apply to it, when all other methods of cardiac insufficiency treatment have been ineffective.
If you faced the problem of cardiac insufficiency, please call us and we will consult you on details of treatment in Germany.