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Cardiology

The Cardiology Department of St. Luke’s Hospital is one of the largest and most complete Cardiology centers in Greece and the wider region. The department treats patients with heart diseases of all kinds, including diseases characterized as complex or rare. With more than 3500 admissions per year, the department’s Cardiologists are trained in the entire spectrum of cardiology, including:
  • Hypertension
  • Congenital heart disease in adults and children
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Heart valve diseases
Statistical data
St. Luke’s Hospital’s leading team of clinical and interventional cardiologists annually conducts:
  • More than 4300 transthoracic – transesophageal ultrasounds
  • More than 2500 coronagraphs
  • More than 700 coronary angioplasty procedures, including acute heart attacks
  • More than 350 pacemakers – implantable defibrillators
  • More than 40 Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantations (TAVI)


Services offered

  • Transthoracic – transesophageal ultrasound
  • Electrophysiological study for the diagnosis of rhythm disorders
  • Catalysis of arrhythmogenic foci (ablation)
  • Implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Implantation of cardiac resynchronization devices
  • Implantation of long-term rhythm monitoring devices
  • Coronary art
  • Percutaneous coronary angioplasty (balloon), simple and complex lesions
  • Transcutaneous aortic valve replacement, without surgery (TAVI)
  • Percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement
  • Percutaneous tricuspid valve repair
  • Percutaneous mitral valve repair (MITRACLIP)
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Percutaneous closure of interatrial communication
  • Percutaneous occlusion of interventricular communication
  • Percutaneous left atrial occlusion
  • Percutaneous closure of an open tricuspid ovale
  • Percutaneous treatment of paravalvular leak

Valid diagnosis and treatment

Successful treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. The department’s doctors devote as much time as necessary to each patient, with the aim of a valid diagnosis in terms of time, but above all accuracy. In the department you may undergo several tests so that doctors can pinpoint exactly what is causing your symptoms. The cardiologists of the department work with doctors of all specialties and especially with the doctors who belong to the wider Cardiology department of the Hospital, in which experienced interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work. With advanced training in echocardiography, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology and radiology, the department’s doctors achieve the best possible for each patient.

Application of the latest advances in Cardiology

Our cardiologists are constantly seeking new knowledge to improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with heart disease. The hospital’s physicians collaborate with researchers worldwide, contributing to the advancement of medical practices that improve cardiovascular care for patients with heart disease.
Percutaneous cardiac procedures

Percutaneous heart procedures are minimally invasive methods that free the patient from the need for surgery and the risks it entails. These are pioneering methods, for which St. Luke’s is famous, carrying out many annually with the help of the department’s interventional cardiologists. The percutaneous heart procedures performed at the Clinic are the following:

  • Percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement
  • Percutaneous tricuspid valve repair
  • Percutaneous mitral valve repair (MITRACLIP)
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVI)
  • Percutaneous closure of interatrial communication
  • Percutaneous closure of interatrial communication
  • Percutaneous left atrial occlusion
  • Percutaneous closure of an open tricuspid ovale
  • Percutaneous treatment of paravalvular leak
Innovative practices in clinical and interventional cardiology
Major innovations of the Cardiology department are
  • Performing complex angioplasty (Rotablation – total blockages)
  • Performing high-risk angioplasty with mechanical heart support
  • Performing multiple percutaneous aortic valve replacement procedures in high-risk patients
Placement of devices in patients with arrhythmias

Arrhythmias are a very common cardiac phenomenon, which endangers the patient’s health and requires immediate medical intervention. They have to do with the rhythm and frequency with which the heart beats and are treated with medication or the placement of special devices.
The implantation of such devices is carried out, aiming at the proper functioning of the heart, such as:
  • Artificial pacemakers
  • Implantable Defibrillators
  • Cardiac resynchronization devices
  • Implantable Holter – loop recorder

The immediate treatment of life-threatening arrhythmias is achieved by the so-called ablation of arrhythmias-catheter ablation.

Dedicated 24 hour team
For some time now, it has been possible to mobilize a special team at any time of the day, so that patients who have experienced an acute myocardial infarction can immediately undergo coronary angiography and angioplasty. The condition is the immediate attendance of the patient at the hospital.

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