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Department of pediatric cardiology

Prof. Dr. med. Heiko Stern
pediatric cardiology, child and adolescent medicine, neonatology

About the department

The department of pediatric cardiology at M1 Private Clinic Munich is represented by skilled and attentive staff and highly sensitive and modern diagnostic equipment. The head of the department is a professor with deep expertise in pediatric and adolescent cardiology, with a background of both academic achievements and successful clinical practice. German Society of Paediatric Cardiology supervises the department. Additionally, the department works closely with the Clinic for Congenital Heart Defects at the German Heart Center Munich and the MRI working group in particular. Predominantly, the diagnosis is made on an outpatient basis, ensuring the most comfortable conditions for the patients.

The department is mainly specialized in congenital heart diseases along with the whole range of pediatric heart defects. There are various diagnostic tools available for high-quality visualization of the heart and vessels. This helps to diagnose as early as possible, including prenatal diagnosis for the best treatment planning. Treatment options include conservative methods following current guidelines and research. 

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis of heart diseases:

  • Physical examination
  • Anamnesis (history of present illness)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Long-term ECG
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Ultrasound of the heart - echocardiography
  • Holter monitoring - daily ECG recording using a portable device
  • Angiography - visual examination of vessels using X-ray
  • MRI - visualization of the heart and other soft tissues

Treatment of heart diseases: 

  • Congenital heart diseases (Ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, tetralogy of Fallot, etc.)
  • Heart valve diseases
  • Cardiomyopathy (infection of the cardiac muscle) 
  • Arrhythmia (impairment of heart rhythm)
  • Coronary artery diseases (ischemic heart disease)
  • Inflammatory heart diseases (endocarditis, pericarditis, myocarditis)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Treatment options:

  • Conservative (medications) 
  • Dietary planning
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1974 -1981 University of Mainz, medical school
  • 1984 PhD in human medicine
  • 1992 Habilitation at the Medical Faculty of the Technical University of Munich
  • 1991 Specialist in paediatrics, Hamburg
  • 1992 specialization in pediatric cardiology and neonatology
  • 2008 qualification as an EMAH doctor (adults with congenital heart defects)

Experience

  • 1981–1984 internists cardiological activity at the University Clinic Mainz (II. Med. Kl) and Med.Klinik Innenstadt of the LMU Munich
  • 1985–1987 and 1991–1993 assistant doctor at the German Heart Center in Munich, pediatric cardiology
  • 1987–1991 general pediatric training at the children's clinic at the Technical University of Munich
  • Since 1989 continuous scientific work in the field of magnetic resonance imaging for congenital heart defects
  • 1994 Senior Registrar at Brompton Hospital London, Dpt. Pediatric Cardiology
  • 1994-1998 Ltd. Senior physician at the pediatric cardiology department at the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Since 1994 teaching position in pediatric cardiology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Hamburg
  • Since 1998 established in the practice of pediatric cardiology in Gauting Branch practice for adults with congenital heart defects in Starnberg, since 2007 Prof. Frey's practice
  • Since 1999 founder and “senior member” of the magnetic resonance imaging working group at the Clinic for Congenital Heart Defects at the German Heart Center in Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of The German Society of Paediatric Cardiology 
  • Member of Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology
  • Author of 76 publications
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