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Department of cardiology

Dr. med. Richard Stern
cardiology, pulmonology and internal medicine

About the department

The department of cardiology at Park-Clinic Weissensee Berlin provides comprehensive care for cardiovascular diseases. Six doctors with extensive experience in heart diseases are a part of the team. Cooperation with the Academic Hospital Schlosspark Charlottenburg Berlin ensures primary and emergency care for cardiological conditions. A dedicated team of doctors and nurses with a high level of expertise and an understanding of each patient's individual needs are ready to help. One of the structural parts of the department is a catheter laboratory, that specialized in interventions on the vessels, allowing for fast recovery and effective treatment. The treatment is always following evidence-based guidelines and the latest scientific findings. In addition to inpatient care, the cardiology department offers outpatient consultation hours and advice and diagnostics.

The department has particular experience in treating coronary heart disease, cardiac insufficiency, cardiac arrhythmias, heart valve disease, arterial hypertension, and other unique cardiological clinical pictures. The treatment of cardiological emergencies is also ensured around the clock.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostic and interventional priorities:

  • Non-invasive functional diagnostics with rest, long-term, and stress tests
  • Ultrasound examination of the heart at rest and under stress and via the oesophagus
  • Computed tomography and MRI of the heart
  • Cardiac catheter for the diagnosis and therapy of coronary heart disease with 24/7 availability
  • Closure of the atrial septum and atrial appendages
  • Pacemaker, ICD, and CRT implantation and follow-up
  • Implantation of event recorders
  • Electrophysiological diagnostics and therapy of cardiac arrhythmias in cooperation with external partners

Functional diagnostics and imaging:

  • ECG at rest and under stress 
  • Long-term ECG and long-term blood pressure measurement
  • Spiroergometry 

Cardiac catheter lab:

  • Bypass surgery - PCI (coronary interventions) using balloon dilatation and implantation of one or more stents
  • Reopening of chronic occlusions (CTO) using antegrade and retrograde recanalization 

Cardiac implants for cardiac arrhythmias:

  • New implantations, replacement, and revisions of cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators with particular expertise

Structural heart disease treatment:

  • Catheter-based closure of the PFO (Persistent Foramen Ovale)
  • TAVI for stenosis of the aortic valve and mitral valves
  • Clipping for insufficiency of the mitral valve
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1977-1984 Studied human medicine at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1981-1984 Experimental thesis at the Institute of Toxicology and the Embryo-Pharmacology (Prof. Merker)
  • 1993 Specialist in internal medicine
  • 1996 Sub-field designation cardiology

Experience

  • 1977-1981 Nurse at the Martin-Luther Hospital, Berlin
  • 1979-1982 Lecturer at the Institute of Anatomy at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1980-1984 Medical lecturer at the Berlin Seminar for medical personnel
  • 1985-1988 Physician Assistant at the Jewish Hospital of Berlin, Department of internal medicine (Chief Physician Dr. Kolmar)
  • 1988-1989 Assistant Physician at the Jewish Hospital of Berlin, Department of X-ray and nuclear medicine (Chief Physician Dr. Kolling)
  • 1989-1996 Physician Assistant at Benjamin Franklin University Hospital, Medical Clinic for Cardiology and Pulmonology (Chief Physician prof.  Schroeder, Head Doctor prof. School)
  • 1996-1997 Senior Cardiologist at the Martin-Luther Hospital in Berlin, Department of internal medicine (Chief Physician, Prof. Oltmany)
  • 1997-2005 Deputy Director and Senior Physician of the 1st Medical Clinic Cardiology and Intensive Care, Vivantes Clinic in Friedrichshain and Vivantes Clinic Am Urban, Vivantes (Clinic Director prof.  D. Andresen)
  • 2005-2012 Medical Director of the Center for heart failure at the Jewish Hospital Berlin (Chief Physician PD C. Bethge, Prof. K. Quantity)
  • Chief Physician of the Department of internal medicine I, cardiology at the Schlosspark Clinic in Berlin
  • Department of cardiology at Academic Hospital Schlosspark Charlottenburg Berlin

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the German Society of Cardiology
  • Member of the European Society of Cardiology
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