Cardiologist in Hamburg Prof. Dr Karsten Sydow

Prof. Dr Karsten Sydow
Chief Physician
Specialist in Cardiology
Hamburg, Germany

Cardiology and Cardiovascular Centre at the Albertinen Hospital - Logo

Treatment Focus

  • Coronary heart disease (incl. therapy of acute heart attacks and cardiogenic shocks)
  • Chest Pain Unit (CPU)
  • Heart valve diseases incl. endocarditis
  • Heart failure (incl. consultation (state insurance authorised), specialised heart failure unit (HFU), LVAD (artificial heart) aftercare)
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator (ICD) therapy (incl. consultation (state insurance authorised))
  • Cardiac contractility modulation
  • Cardiac arrhythmias (non-surgical medicinal and electrophysiological treatment of patients with tachycardia arrhythmia, special consultation clinic for cardiac arrhythmias)

Medical Range

Prof. Dr Karsten Sydow specializes in general non-invasive and invasive/interventional cardiology:

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • 12-channel ECG, long-term ECG and long-term blood pressure measurement, ergometry
  • Echocardiography: transthoracic (TTE), transoesophageal (TEE), stress, contrast and 3D echocardiography
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI)
  • Coronary CT (in close cooperation with radiology)
  • Coronary angiography
  • Spiroergometry
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Sleep apnea testing
  • Right heart catheterisation
  • Event recorder
  • Cardiac pacemaker and defibrillator (ICD) monitoring
  • Telemedical monitoring of pacemaker/ICD devices (home monitoring)
  • Electrophysiological studies (EP studies) and ablation


Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
    • Balloon dilatation and stent implantation of coronary vessels
    • Access is usually via an artery on the wrist, or, in the case of complex interventions, via the groin if necessary
    • Measurement of fractional flow reserve (FFR) to instantaneously check the functional relevance of the constriction during cardiac catheterisation
  • Complex coronary interventions
    • Rotablation (abrading severe calcifications in the coronary artery)
    • Re-opening of chronic vascular occlusions (CTO PCI)
    • Main stem intervention in readiness for cardiosurgical operations and possibly with backup from a cardiac support system (Impella, ECMO)
  • Treatment of acute heart attack  
  • Interventional therapy of cardiogenic shock with the aid of temporary cardiac support systems (Impella, ECMO)
  • Electrical cardioversion
  • Sophisticated medicinal treatment of heart failure
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator (ICD) implantation and aftercare
    • Single-chamber, dual-chamber and triple-chamber/CRT devices
  • Interventional closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA occluder)
  • Interventional closure in cases of persistent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect/aneurysm
  • Use of highly potent antiarrhythmic drugs under cardiac monitoring
  • Catheter ablation in cases of tachycardia supraventricular and ventricular cardiac arrhythmias
  • Cardiological-internal medicine intensive care
  • Sports medicine incl. sports fitness examination
  • Daily interdisciplinary case conferences with colleagues at the Clinic for Cardiac Surgery for best possible individual therapy decisions

About Prof. Dr Karsten Sydow

The Clinic for Cardiology at the Albertine Cardiovascular Centre offers the entire spectrum of non-surgical and invasive diagnostics, therapy, and aftercare. This coordinated and integrated treatment offering includes care from a single source. The fully equipped cardiological functional area, with ECG, ergometry, spiroergometry, pulmonary function test, echocardiography, pacemaker, and defibrillator (ICD) outpatient clinic, 2 haemodynamic and 2 electrophysiological cardiac catheter stations, as well as state-of-the-art cardiac imaging such as cardiac MRI is managed by a specialized team of nursing staff and doctors. A highly committed crew of physicians and caretakers is also available on the nursing stations, who is equipped with mobile heart monitors to check on their patients.

The certified Chest Pain Unit  (CPU) is integrated into the central emergency room and has four monitoring stations and six inpatient beds for continuous monitoring of cardiac rhythm and vital parameters. An experienced team from the CPU, the background duty cardiological senior physicians and the cardiac catheter laboratory is available 24 hours a day for rapid and expert treatment of acute chest pain (heart attack, aortic dissection, pulmonary artery embolism, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, etc.).

For the treatment of patients with severe heart failure, the Department of Heart Failure and Device Therapy has established a special focus on patients with heart disease. It has defined an interdisciplinary treatment strategy and transfers data and warning messages from the implanted systems to patient care structures. In addition to special outpatient consultations, for which a health insurance authorization exists, inpatients can be optimally treated in a special care ward unit (Heart Failure Unit, HFU) set up especially for this purpose. In April 2018, this area was also the first "supraregional heart failure centre" in Hamburg to be certified by the German Society of Cardiology (DGK).

Since 2015, the Department of Electrophysiology at the Clinic for Cardiology has most modern and highly complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures available for patients with cardiac arrhythmias. It offers best possible therapy up to date through the interaction of an experienced team of doctors, specially trained nursing staff, and catheter laboratories equipped with latest technology. Already during the mostly prestationary conducted electrophysiological consultation, open questions can be discussed and the most individually suitable therapy procedure can be selected.

Patients receive a direct, friendly, and uncomplicated transferral for consultation with physician colleagues in private practice.

More information is available at the website of Prof. Dr Karsten Sydow.

Medical Team

Department of Cardiology

  • Prof. Dr Karsten Sydow
    Chief Physician
  • Associate Prof. Dr Korff Krause
    Executive Senior Physician
  • Janko Bartholdt
    Senior Physician
  • Peter Brasch
    Senior Physician
  • Matthias Danne
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Mathias Hillebrand
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Mirko Horntrich
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Michael Klusmeier
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Claudia Tiburtius
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Nicola Forbech
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Nikolaus Trautmann
    Senior Physician
  • Julian Witt
    Senior Physician


Department of Heart Failure and Device Therapy

  • Prof. Dr H. Nägele
    Executive Physician
  • Dr Daniel Stierle
    Senior Physician


Department of Electrophysiology

  • Dr Thomas Zerm
    Executive Physician
  • Dr Péter Rausch
    Senior Physician


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Prof. Dr Karsten Sydow
Chief Physician

Cardiology at the Albertinen Cardiovascular Centre
Süntelstrasse 11a, D-22457 Hamburg

T: +49 40 7972 4104
F: +49 40 55 88 2322

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