Cardiology and cardiac surgery are two different specializations belonging inseparably together as only their close connection can ensure an optimal course of treatment to all patients and, above all, its best results. In the Czech Republic, both specializations can be ranked at the top of the world charts of treatment success due to the state-of-the-art technologies and treatment procedures available in the selected centers in the Czech Republic as well as highly knowledgeable world leading specialists from both the area of cardiology and cardiac surgery.
Owing to a continuous technological progress, the branches of medicine focusing on the treatment of cardiac and vascular dysfunctions have been developing very fast and as a result the top centers can ensure the most effective treatment for their patients by implementing and further developing the world trends such as minimal access surgeries controlled by a camera, stent implantation or catheter valve implantation under the continuous effort to apply the most careful, minimally invasive approach to treatment of patients. While all centers in the Czech Republic need to comply with all the standards arising from the country’s membership in the European Union, only the bests clinics may use the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center status which means that they always need to provide a world-class level of general comprehensive care.
Comprehensive cardiovascular center
The AGEL Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center provides all globally recognized heart and vascular system care. The greatest assets of the centers include close cooperation between the cardiology and cardiac surgery, which in 2013 resulted in the opening of one of the most state-of-the-art hybrid theaters in Europe with top equipment and technologies, including unique heart examination programs using CT and MRI scanning. In addition to the state-of-the-art equipment and technology, the base of the cardiovascular center is formed by leading specialists in individual branches of medicine, who regularly lecture at universities as well as other respected hospitals all over the world. Owing to the unlimited experience of its specialists, the AGEL Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center has introduced several breakthrough novelties of the world importance in the Czech Republic, which every year signifi cantly help to improve the quality of life to hundreds of patients all over the world. In a broad spectrum of the interventions conducted by the center, the outstanding interventions include implantation of the pulmonary valve, catheter implantation of the aortic valve with a direct aortic access or occlusion of paravalvular leak of mitral prosthesis using the transapical method.
The specialists of the cardiac surgery department endeavour to perform a great deal of interventions using the minimally invasive surgery ensuring the most careful access. This center was the fi rst in the Czech Republic to commence video-assisted cardiologic and heart surgery interventions, which enable it to perform operations such as replacement or plastic surgery of the mitral or tricuspid valve, atrial septum defect, atrium tumours or fi brillation of atriums using a minimal access at the patient‘s side with the use of an endoscope.
The Center’s international reputation, comprehensiveness of the treatment performed, the most effective procedures applied with the emphasis on minimally invasive care as well as world leading specialists bring to the center more than 700 of both the Czech and foreign patients for the heart surgery each year. Owing to highly specialised staff and top equipment, the center can perform the broadest spectrum of both invasive and non-invasive surgeries in the Czech Republic. In the majority of areas the AGEL Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center is also the largest center in the Czech Republic in terms of the number of treated patients, which always pays attention to the complexity and the highest possible standard of all the medical and non-medical services.