Cardiologist in Munich: Heart specialist Prof. Dr Reithmann
- Diseases of the coronary vessels and heart valves (cardiac catheter treatment)
- Pacemakers and implantation of defibrillators, including resynchronisation therapy
- Cardiac arrhythmias (ablation)
- Electrophysiological studies (EP studies)
- Cardiac MRIs for early detection of heart damage
Range of Diagnostic Services
- Diagnostic heart catheters
- Electrophysiological studies (EP studies): analysis of cardiac arrhythmias
- Cardiac MRIs: early diagnosis of heart damage
- Cardiac CTs: detection of coronary heart disease
Range of Therapeutic Services
- Interventional cardiac catheters with stent implantation
- Chest Pain Unit: monitoring and care of patients with suspected circulatory disorders of the heart or heart attack
- Ablation: treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
- Implantation and evaluation of pacemaker systems
- 24-hour cardiac catheter on-call service
- Internal intensive care: treatment of life-threatening diseases on the intensive care unit
About Prof. Dr Christopher Reithmann
Prof. Dr Christopher Reithmann is a specialist in cardiology and rhythmology and Chief Physician at the Clinic for Cardiology and Internal Intensive Care Medicine at the Helios Clinic Munich West.
Patients with diseases of the cardiovascular system are in good hands with Prof. Reithmann and are always optimally cared for thanks to state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Cardiologists in Munich - Heart Specialists for CHD, Cardiac Arrhythmias and Heart Valve Diseases
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a degenerative change in the coronary vessels that advances over the years and is caused by risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, nicotine abuse or excessive blood fat levels. This change of the heart vessels can lead to constrictions resulting in shortness of breath (dyspnoea) or stabbing pain during exercise or even at rest.
State-of-the-Art Non-Invasive and Invasive Cardiac Diagnostics
Diagnosis of CHD can be performed using non-invasive techniques. A resting ECG (electrocardiogram) or ergometry (stress ECG) can provide first indications of the disease. Furthermore, there is the option of imaging using cardiac computer tomography (cardiac CT) or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI).
Invasive diagnostics include coronary angiography, an imaging procedure that physicians apply by using contrast agents to visualise the lumen of the vessels. The examination is performed through a left heart catheter. This examination technique involves an experienced surgeon who pushes a catheter depicted by a contrast agent through a small skin incision in the brachial artery or leg artery into the coronary arteries.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and sedative medication; however, the patient can breathe independently. If the vessel lumen is constricted, balloon dilation is performed and a stent is implanted to provide internal splinting of the constriction.
Experts in Cardiac Arrhythmias – Non-Surgical Therapy or Remedial Treatment Using Ablation
Prof. Reithmann is not only expert in vascular diseases and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, but also a specialist in cardiac rhythmology at the Helios Clinic Munich West.
One of the most common cardiac arrhythmias is atrial fibrillation, which can occur both in sudden attacks and persistently, leading to a too fast and irregular heart rate (tachycardia). As a result, the patient experiences a lack of resilience, shortness of breath during exertion or chest pain.
In addition to immediately fine-tuning individual medication for the patient, which primarily serves to prevent an embolic event, the Helios Clinic Munich West offers an interventional procedure as a therapy option.
If antiarrhythmic drug therapy is not successful, a so-called ablation method can be applied by physicians. They insert special catheters during the electrophysiological examination (EP study). In the meanwhile, high-frequency current is emitted resulting in changes of the ability of heart muscle cells to convey capacity, thus treating the cardiac arrhythmia. Another method is sclerotherapy in which doctors use the so-called cold cryoablation. This procedure is carried out exclusively by experienced rhythmologists such as Prof. Reithmann and Dr Ulbrich and promises good therapeutic success alongside very few complications.
Another special focus of the department is the ablation of cardiac arrhythmias from the heart chambers (ventricular extrasystoles and ventricular tachycardia).
Further information is available at the Helios Clinic Munich West website.
|Since July 1st, 2009||Chief Physician, Medical Clinic 1, Pasing Clinic|
|January 2009||Adjunct Professor at LMU Munich|
|Since 2003||Senior Physician in the Cardiological Intensive Care Unit|
|Since 2003||Head of the "Interventional Electrophysiology" working group|
|Since 2001||Senior Physician|
|1997||Qualification as a specialist physician in cardiology|
|1996||Certification as an internist|
|1990–2009||Active at Medical Clinic I, Grosshadern Clinic of the University of Munich (Director: Prof. Dr G. Riecker; as of 1993: Prof. Dr G. Steinbeck)|
|1989||Fritz Külz Prize from the German Society of Pharmacology|
|1988–1989||Scholarship from the German Research Foundation at the Pharmacological Institute of the University of Heidelberg|
|1987||Doctorate with the grade "summa cum laude".|
|1986||Licence to practise medicine|
- Dr Michael Fiek
Head Senior Physician
- Dr Michael Ulbrich
Head Senior Physician
- Dr Bernhard Herkommer
- Dr Ruth Mulser
- Dr Andreas Kirchner
- Dr Mario Linnemaier
|Munich Central Railway Station||9 km|
|Munich Airport||43 km|
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