Whoever turns to the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus Speyer with diseases of the cardiovascular system is very lucky: There, a proven specialist leads the cardiology department, who is very familiar with all common and also less well-known diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. No wonder: Since 2007, head physician Dr. Harald Schwacke has been in this position.
It is in no small part thanks to Dr. Harald Schwacke that the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhauses Speyer has repeatedly attracted attention far beyond the region: in the cardiology department, which he heads and which has established itself as an important part of the Clinic for Internal Medicine, many life-saving surgeries and treatments have already been performed. In accordance with the spirit of the hospital in the famous cathedral city, which on both sides of the Rhine enjoys the reputation of being an outstanding hospital for comprehensive specialty care, the cardiology department also offers genuine all-round care at the most modern medical level.
The interdisciplinary approach of the renowned hospital also suits the experienced specialist: Where medicine has specialized to a degree hardly ever seen before, interdisciplinary exchange is immensely important. Dr. Schwacke knows from his own experience that only close cooperation with specialists from other departments, as well as with private practice specialists and general practitioners, makes optimal treatment possible.
Highly specialized: Specialist with numerous additional qualifications
He himself, with his high level of expertise, is always happy to provide his colleagues with advice and support. The renowned specialist for internal medicine and cardiology can also refer to elaborately acquired additional qualifications: Dr. Schwacke possesses recognized expertise in the fields of interventional cardiology and cardiac insufficiency, and also holds the additional title of Special Rhythmology. He is therefore familiar with the rarest diseases of the heart and circulatory system, which makes him a sought-after specialist in diagnostics.
In addition to the expertise of the head physician, the clinic is also distinguished by its diagnostic equipment - it has the most modern 4-D ultrasound machines, which enable Dr. Schwacke's team to perform echocardiographic diagnostics in new dimensions. The spatial and temporal image resolution is so high that it is possible to make diagnoses with a precision that would have been unimaginable only a short time ago.
State-of-the-art equipment: diagnostics at international level
With these state-of-the-art ultrasound devices, all types of heart valve diseases can also be examined quickly and with an extremely high degree of diagnostic certainty. This innovative diagnostics also often makes it easier for Dr. Harald Schwacke to decide whether heart surgery is necessary and sensible.
One of the major focuses of Dr. Schwacke's range of services is his work in the clinic's cardiac catheter laboratory, which is also perfectly equipped. The cardiology department in Speyer even has two ultra-modern cardiac catheter measuring stations, where Dr. Schwacke and his team carry out all standard examinations. Whether it is right and left heart catheterization, coronary angiography or therapeutic balloon dilatation - all patients in Speyer benefit from the experience and extensive medical expertise of the head physician.
Cardiac arrhythmias: enormous expertise
Stent implantations - i.e. vascular dilatations and vascular supports - as well as electrophysiological examinations are also part of the specialist's range of services. For example, he frequently carries out invasive examinations of cardiac arrhythmias or works with the intra-aortic balloon pump. Last but not least, it is thanks to Dr. Schwacke's international networks that state-of-the-art methods are used in the cardiology department of the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhauses Speyer. Constant technical improvements and innovative materials also ensure that even very complex diseases of coronary vessels and bypass vessels can be treated in the cathedral city, for example through innovative stent implantations - at the highest level.
Electrophysiology and pacemaker therapy are also among the areas in which Dr. med. Harald Schwacke has specialized. Electrophysiology, which primarily deals with therapies for cardiac arrhythmia, requires not only a high degree of medical specialization on the part of the chief physician, but also very special examination equipment - and the hospital naturally makes this available to the expert.
Expert for state-of-the-art pacemakers
In pacemaker therapy, Dr. Schwacke is familiar with the entire modern spectrum of single and dual chamber systems. For example, he also treats excessively slow heartbeats - i.e. bradycardiac arrhythmias - with pacemakers. Whether it is pacemaker systems for heart failure, various therapies for cardiac insufficiency or defibrillator implantations: Wherever possible, Dr. Schwacke avoids general anesthesia. By the way: the specialist also takes care of his patients after the procedures - and always takes a close look at the aftercare of pacemaker systems.
In order to always remain up to date with the latest developments in international cardiology, Dr. Harald Schwacke has a dense network of specialist medical contacts. He is a member of the working group of Leading Cardiological Hospital Doctors (ALKK), the German Stroke Society and the German Society for Cardiology, Heart and Cardiovascular Research. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the German Heart Foundation. In addition, he repeatedly draws attention to himself with publications that also receive international attention.
This, by the way, is also in keeping with the philosophy of the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus Speyer: For emergencies, a competent team is always available in the cardiology department - around the clock.