Heart Specialist in Saarland - Dr Cem Özbek

Dr Cem Özbek
Chief Physician
Specialist in Cardiology
Völklingen, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiac pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
  • Rhythmology and ablations
  • Heart valve diseases
  • Cardiac insufficiency
  • Heart CT

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Medical history
  • ECG
  • Echocardiography
  • CT
  • Cardiac CT (three-dimensional image acquisition)
  • Cardiac CT risk screening
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac catheterisation
  • Microcatheter examination with stress
  • Myocardial biopsy
  • Electrophysiological laboratory

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Invasive and interventional cardiology
  • Invasive and interventional angiology
  • Carotid stenoses
  • Renal artery stenoses
  • Constriction of the heart valves
  • Coronary circulation
  • Pacemaker
  • Defibrillators
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Chest-pain unit
  • Cardiac insufficiency
  • Syncope (short-term loss of consciousness)
  • Removal of the cerebral thrombectomy after a stroke
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Percutaneous aortic valves
  • Mitral valve leaks
  • Outpatient support/treatment in psycho-cardiology
  • Co-supervision/treatment of cardio-diabetes

About Dr Cem Özbek

Dr Cem Özbek is a specialist in cardiology as well as Chief Physician of the cardiology/angiology department at the Völklingen SHG Clinics, representing a central department of the Saar Cardiac Center.

Dr Özbek and his team offer the entire spectrum of diagnostics and therapy of cardiovascular and circulatory diseases in adulthood. State-of-the-art medical technology such as cardiac catheter laboratories, three-dimensional navigation systems, hybrid operating theatres, and high-end coronary CTs are available for the best possible treatment success. Nevertheless, the highly qualified and motivated employees’ main focus is always placed on people.

Heart Specialist for Interventional Cardiology

At the SHG Clinics Völklingen, heart specialist Dr Cem Özbek diagnoses diseases of the heart and the affected coronary arteries by executing a cardiac catheter examination. The interventional procedure enables the treatment of some heart diseases already during the examination process. Dr Özbek performs the measure via an arterial or venous vascular access device, whereby the diseased coronary vessels are treated with a balloon dilatation of the constrictions and a stent implantation. In case of coronary stenosis, the rotablation catheter technique removes arterial plaque without damaging the coronary artery (atherectomy). In addition to the treatment of coronary arteries, the renowned cardiologist Dr Özbek attends heart valve constrictions, carotid stenosis, and renal artery stenoses.

Cardiac Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implantation

Under the direction of Doctor Özbek, the cardiology department of the Saar Cardiac Center diagnoses and treats slow and fast cardiac arrhythmias in connection with electrophysiological selection. After a patient’s detailed examination, the diagnosis is verified and respective therapy choice is then initiated. The pacemaker section of the Saar Cardiac Center enables the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias with help of pacemakers, defibrillators or CRT devices to attend to heart insufficiencies. A pacemaker is like an electrical clock generating small impulses to correct the arrhythmia and to bring heartbeats back to the normal physiological rhythm. The small device is implanted underneath the skin or pectoral muscle below the collarbone. A therapy with a defibrillator is applied in case of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular flutter, ventricular tachycardias or cardioversion. The heart is brought into a new physiological rhythm by means of small electric shocks emitted by the defibrillator. All common cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, event recorders, and CRT devices are available at the Saar Cardiac Center. In cooperation with the cardiothoracic surgery department, the medical establishment offers combined cardiological procedures.

Help with Cardiac Arrhythmias

At the Saar Cardiac Center, a biplane cardiac catheter measuring station as well as modern three-dimensional navigation systems enable Dr Özbek to offer holistic electrophysiological diagnostics and therapy for all cardiac arrhythmias including AVNR, atrial tachycardias, transseptal and transaortic, epicardial and atrial fibrillation ablations. Catheter ablation allows interventions with minimally invasive techniques to obliterate diseased electrical impulse points, thus eliminating persistent cardiac arrhythmias which are not treatable with medications. In addition, Dr Özbek uses atrial appendage closure systems and treats cardiogenic syncopes.

State-of-the-Art Cardiac CT Offering New Possibilities for Cardiac Diagnostics

Cardiac CT is a very modern method for the prevention, diagnosis, and follow-up care of heart diseases and afflicted heart vessels and thus allowing the avoidance of catheter examinations. At the Völklingen Cardiac Center, Doctor Cem Özbek offers cross-sectional diagnostics in case of suspicion of a vascular narrowing or in the event of prior heart surgery. With the help of a special computer tomograph, three-dimensional images of the heart and the coronary arteries are created to display pathological changes. Cardiologists also use cardiac CTs for preventive risk screening in order to rule cardiac problems in patients or for follow-up care after surgical interventions.

Cardio Diabetes: Help with Diabetes and Heart Disease

70% of all people with cardiological difficulties are also diabetics. Diabetes is part of a chronic inflammation of the large and small blood vessels damaging all organs, but especially the cardiovascular system. In cooperation with the department of diabetology/endocrinology, the cardio-diabetes division offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient treatments and attends to the special needs and questions of patients with diabetes mellitus.


Current research results show that cardiac patients, especially those with heart attack, but also patients with cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac insufficiencies, have an increased risk of developing mental illnesses. Another example of the connection between heart and psyche is the so-called broken heart syndrome, a disease of a broken heart. A psychological trauma through the loss of a spouse, for example, can trigger heart disease. Together with the departments of psychiatry and cardio-thoracic surgery, the psycho-cardiology division offers outpatient therapy options.

TAVI Center

The Saarland Cardiac Clinic has been recognized as an official TAVI center by the German Cardiac Society (DGK). At the TAVI site, the heart experts around Doctor Cem Özbek perform minimally invasive aortic valve replacements using a heart catheter. For this gentle treatment method, patients neither need a general anaesthetic nor a heart-lung machine. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) used for severe aortic valve stenosis is a minimally invasive, innovative procedure aiming to avoid open chest surgery.

Cardiac Center Enabling Comprehensive Diagnostics and Therapy for Heart Diseases

The Saar Heart Center of the SHG clinics Völklingen specializes in the diagnosis and therapy of heart diseases in adulthood. The medical center consists of the department of cardiology/angiology and the cardiac and thoracic surgery clinics. State-of-the-art medical technology and innovative procedures enable heart specialist Cem Özbek to conduct precise diagnoses and to apply gentle therapy options for all heart diseases. All healing concepts are discussed in a panel of experts with the aim of providing patients of the Saar Cardiac Center with the highest level of safety and the best quality.

Further information is available on the websites of the Cardiology/Angiology Department and the Saar Cardiac Center.


Medical Team

  • Antonio Calvo de No
    Head of Electrophysiology (EPU) and Rhythmology
  • Dr Fernando Gatto
    Head of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories, Managing Senior Physician
  • Dr Klaus-Dieter Heib
    Chief Senior Physician in Cardiology, Head of Special Rhythmology and Cardiac Electrotherapy
  • Dr Lorenz Jochum
    Head of Cardiological Cross-sectional Imaging
  • Christoph Mailänder
    Head of Angiology
  • Dr Axel Tost
    Head of the Intensive and Emergency Medicine Section
  • Dr Michaela Klauck
    Deputy Head of Cardiac CT, Medical Documentation, Quality Management and Assurance
  • Rajesh Mittal
    Deputy Head of Electrophysiology (EPU) and Rhythmology
  • Sylwia Ruffing-Tabaka
    Deputy Head of Intensive and Emergency Medicine Section
  • Axel Steimann
    Deputy Head of Special Rhythmology and Electrotherapy
  • Dr Stephan Watremez
    Deputy Head of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories
  • Sascha Bastian
    Senior Physician of the Emergency Room and Chest pain unit
  • Dr Markus Müller
    Senior Physician of the Emergency Room and Chest pain unit
  • Dr Irene Özbek
    Head of the Psycho-Cardiology Section
  • PD Dr Matthias Frank
    Head of the Cardio-Diabetes Section


All doctors speak fluent English. Spanish, French, and Arabic speaking staff is available as well.


Völklingen train station 1.7 km
Saarbrücken Main Railway Station 12.5 km
Saarbrücken Airport 25.4 km

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Dr Cem Özbek
Chief Physician

SHG Clinics Völklingen
Medical Clinic I: Cardiology/Angiology and Saar Cardiac Center
Richardstraße 5-9, D-66333 Völklingen

T: +49 6898 5493 026
F: +49 6898 12 2478


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