Department for Clinical Electrophysiologie


  • Albertinen Herz- und Gefäßzentrum
  • Albertinen Herz- und Gefäßzentrum



Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Colleagues,


since the beginning of 2013 patients with tachycardic arrhythmia are being successfully investigated and treated. Thus many patients - in majority with an atrial fibrillation condition - could be freed from their years of suffering by means of a catheter procedure or the use of highly potent drugs.


Our specialized cath labs are equipped with the latest technology and range among the most innovative institutions of its kind in northern Germany. Here we perform this highly complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for the benefit of our patients.


Particular attention is paid to our patients' safety during these complex procedures. This includes an experienced medical team, well-trained nursing staff and the latest technology. In a pre-procedural electrophysiological consultation with the patient potential problem areas are discussed and - as far as possible - minimized, as well as the most appropriate therapeutic procedure decided on.


The Department of Electrophysiology maintains particularly close cooperation with the Departments of Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia as well as Intensive Care.


Kind regards


Dr Thomas Zerm, MD
Head of Department










The symptoms of various arrhythmias resembles frequently, even in an attack ECG is an accurate diagnosis of the underlying disorder is not always safe to judge. To clarify the outpatient diagnosis, portable long-term ECG or event recorder can be used for a limited period. Occasionally can be implanted particularly in very rare arrhythmia or unclear fainting also a small heart monitor.

To organize these diagnostic methods to increase the pre-interventional safety and procedural information of the patient, is on both electrophysiological locations a (prästationäre) set up specialized clinic rhythm.


The invasive diagnostics in the form of an isolated electrophysiological examination is now only on rare issues apply. But it is always a prerequisite for all ablation treatments. With special catheters and pacing techniques geling almost always to secure the final diagnosis and thus prepare a successful ablation. Was it a few years ago procedures with more than four hours, a catheter ablation is now mostly in 45 - completed 90 minutes.



Catheter Ablation


About one of the blood vessels of the bar (almost always venous) a controllable ablation catheter is advanced to the heart to to the person responsible for the arrhythmia body release energy and thus can be deserted in the electrophysiology catheter laboratory after a confirmed diagnosis (EPU).

In our catheterization laboratories are two different energy sources. In most cases, electrical alternating current (radio frequency power) is used to produce a very localized overheating of the tissue. However, some arrhythmias can be treated successfully and gently with a local-based icing procedures, cryoablation.


The procedure can be performed in some cardiac arrhythmias in conscious patients. Mostly the treatment is, however, under a light anesthesia, on the one hand because of potential pain in the energy output, on the other hand also in the application of 3-dimensional mapping method (virtual representation of cardiac anatomy and electrical system of the heart) for complex procedures.


For some cardiac arrhythmia (AV Knotentachykardie, WPW syndrome or atrial flutter) catheter ablation has been enforced as so-called First-Line Therapy compared to the administration of drugs - that is, it is used as a primary form of therapy.


For electrophysiology at both sites are three-dimensional mapping method - especially for the treatment of complex arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atypical atrial flutter or ventricular -. Available. Intarkardialer ultrasound comes regularly with us for complex arrhythmias for use. With this innovative method potentially dangerous blood clots excluded and the entire investigation to increase safety for the patient as well as to increase the effectiveness can be monitored visually.


The integration of CT or MRI images, as well as a CT-like investigation that Rotationsangiografie, serve well to increase patient safety, to increase the effectiveness and reduce the procedure time.






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Prof Dr Karsten Sydow, MD
Chief Physician Cardiology
Phone +49-40-5588-2237




Süntelstraße 11a · 22457 Hamburg


Mrs. Vera Burmeister
Phone 0049-40-5588-2237
Fax  0049-40-5588-2322




Mrs. Sandie Kim
Phone 0049-40-5588-2238
Fax  0049-40-5588-2322






Dr Matthias Gasthaus, MD
Chief Physician of Cardiologie, Site Volksdorf
Phone 0049-40 6 44 11-233




Haselkamp 33 · 22359 Hamburg


Birte Kobrow
Phone 0049-40 6 44 11-233
Fax 040 6 44 11-236




Department for Heart Failure and Device Therapy




Prof. Dr H. Nägele, MD
Head of Department Heart Insufficiancy and Device Therapie
Phone 0049-40-5588-2847




Süntelstraße 11a · 22457 Hamburg


Mrs. C. Bartsch
Phone 0049-40-5588-2847
Fax 0049-40-5588-2110



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Dr. Thomas Zerm, MD
Head of Department Electrophysiology 
Phone 0049-40-5588-2864





Guram Imnadze
Senior Physician Department Electrophysiology
Phone 0049-40-4887





Süntelstraße 11a · 22457 Hamburg


Mrs. K. Raab
Phone 0049-40-5588-2864 
Fax 0049-40-5588-2803 





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