Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Cardiology and Angiology at Hannover Medical School!
This website is designed to reflect our values and services and serves as a platform to comprehensively inform visitors about our clinic. Our goal is to provide patients and family members, but also health professionals, students and potential applicants, with a greater insight into our range of services and expertise. On the following pages, our individual specializations are explained to allow you to gain an impression of our daily work and easily identify the correct contact person. We hope that the information presented here will be of help for patients and visitors prior to and during their visit to our clinic and also means that they will see some familiar faces on the wards or during rounds.
It is our belief that a close and trusting relationship with our patients is as essential to successful treatment as the support of state-of-the-art equipment and individual therapeutic approaches.
Around the clock, 365 days a year, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the extensive expertise of a university hospital and the full spectrum of supramaximum care.
We warmly welcome you to our department and are pleased to be of service.
Prof. Dr. Johann Bauersachs
Director of the Department
PS: You may also be interested in our KARDIO JOURNAL (in German) which contains further information on our clinic and many other topics of interest.
uCurrent clinical study seeks a better quality of life for patients with heart failure
Professor Dr. Johann Bauersachs and Dr. Udo Bavendiek have recently launched the DIGIT-HF study - a large clinical trial focusing on treatment for heart failure. This study will examine the crucial and to date unresolved question of whether treatment with digitalis, originally derived from the foxglove plant, can help to reduce hospitalisation time and extend life years in patients with advanced heart failure.
The study, which is set to run over five years, has already recruited over 40 clinics and practices nationwide. Following a very positive evaluation by independent experts, DIGIT-HF will be financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with a grant of EUR 3.2 million.
The study is actively seeking to include other hospitals, medical practices and interested patients.
For more detailed information, please visit our website: www.digit-hf.de (in German).
A look inside the heart
The heart consists of four chambers: two atria (right and left) and two ventricles (right and left). The atria are connected to the main chambers of the heart via the atrioventricular valves; the mitral valve on the left and the tricuspid valve on the right. Blood is pumped via the semilunar valves (aortic valve and pulmonary valve) out of the ventricles into the pulmonary and systemic circulation.
Blood circulation: The blood returning from the body is collected in the upper and lower main vein (vena cava) and initially flows into the right atrium. It then flows from the right atrium through the tricuspid valve into the right main chamber. From there, it is pumped through the pulmonary valve to the lungs (pulmonary circulation) and enriched with oxygen. The oxygen-rich blood from the lungs then collects in the left atrium. From here, it flows through the mitral valve into the left main chamber and is pumped via the aortic valve into the aorta to be distributed throughout the body.