You have been diagnosed with a cardiological disease and you want to receive medical treatment in Switzerland? At the Hirslanden heart clinics, qualified specialists work together in interdisciplinary networks to provide the best possible comprehensive care.
Each patient is provided with individualised and holistic, care tailored to meet their specific needs. In addition, all our doctors speak English. In case of language difficulties we will happily organise an interpreter for you.
The heart is one of the human body’s most powerful muscles. It consists of two ventricles and two atria, and is hardly larger than a closed fist. Approximately 100,000 times a day, an electrical impulse causes thousands of muscle fibres to contract and relax in sync, supplying all our cells and organs with oxygen and nutrients via the blood vessels.
Learn more about heart- and blood circulation in the human body.
Cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death in Switzerland. Although heart- and vascular diseases mostly appear insidiously they are perfectly manageable with the right therapy.
The earlier a cardiological disease is identified and treated, the better the prognosis. The diagnosis is made based on the present symptoms and various examinations. Depending on the suspected disease, the specialist will apply further diagnostic procedures (not-invasive or invasive).
The not-invasive diagnostic procedures include the echocardiogram, the electrocardiogram, blood sampling and the MRT. Invasive examinations are always connected with a short surgical procedure (for example a small skin incision).
Disease patterns & Therapy
The term cardiovascular diseases include all kinds of diseases regarding the heart and blood vessels. The most common cardiological diseases include strokes, arteriosclerosis, heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia as well as varices and phlebitis.
Depending on the type of the cardiological disease, the patient is treated with surgery or medication.
Hirslanden explains disease patterns and possible treatments.
After severe heart disease or heart surgery, patients tend to reduce physical activity. It is crucial to plan the next steps with therapeutic support.
Rehabilitation helps patients to feel safer and more confident with physical activities. Patient rehabilitation is either ambulatory or stationary.
Risk factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases are, in particular, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, overweight and diabetes.
Depending on the patient’s health condition, regular medical check-ups are crucial. According to the anamnesis, the specialists will do angiological and cardiological examinations to determine possible risks and to discuss further procedures.
Discover more about cardiological check-ups at Hirslanden.
Five amazing facts about your heart:
- The first heart cell starts to beat as early as four weeks.
- Everyday your heart beats 100 000 times.
- Your heart is no bigger than the size of your fist.
- Each minute your heart pumps 5 litres of blood.
- Happiness helps to lower risk of heart disease.