Cardiology - Arrhythmia
The field of electrocardiology includes tachyarrhythmias, bradyarrhythmias and cardiac pacing in various disease entities, not necessarily related to arrhythmias. The research program encompasses the pathophysiology of various tachyarrhythmias, the identification of new diagnostic and prognostic strategies and the development of new interventional treatments in the field of electrocardiology.
The research is mainly focused on the pathophysiology and development of new curative non-pharmacological treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, being the most common arrhythmia, is associated with a significant morbidity, mainly due to the lack of effective therapeutic approaches. With an increased knowledge of the pathophysiological mechanism of atrial fibrillation and the effects of different surgical techniques, the research has focused on the improvement of surgical techniques and implementation of this new knowledge for transvenous catheter ablation techniques. In parallel, an evaluation of device based preventive and therapeutic approaches is undertaken.
The research is based on a collaboration between the Department of Cardiology, Department of Radiology and Department of Thoracic surgery as well as international collaboration with research centers in Europe and North America.