Our Services

in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery



2.300

transplantations of heart and/or lung since the DHZB opened

Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

We conduct operations to treat all kinds of heart and blood vessel diseases. These operations include coronary artery bypasses, procedures on the body’s main artery (aorta) and the surgical treatment of heart valve disease and heart rhythm disturbances. Whenever possible and suited to the patient, we use minimally invasive surgery (so-called keyhole surgery) for bypasses and heart valve operations.

The Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin has one of the largest programs for mechanical circulatory support worldwide and is one of the most important centers for heart and lung transplantation in Germany.

Treatment Methods

Mechanical Circulatory Support

If a patient’s heart is affected by serious disease, an artificial pump can be used to take on, or to support, the work of the heart. Here you can learn how these pumps function.

Bypass Surgery

In a coronary artery bypass operation a blood vessel from another part of the patient’s body (usually a leg) is grafted on to the artery to replace the narrowed vessels that supply the heart with oxygen.
Here you can read how a bypass operation is carried out and what variants of the surgery we perform.

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Aortic Valve Surgery

The aortic valve lies between the left ventricle and the body’s main artery (aorta). Read more about diseases of the aorta and how they are treated at our institution.

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

TAVI is a procedure to replace a diseased aortic valve without an open-heart operation and by means of a heart catheter. Here we explain how the procedure is carried out at the DHZB. 

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Mitral Valve Surgery

The mitral valve regulates the blood flow between the left atrium and the left ventricle of the heart. Here you can learn more about mitral valve disease and its treatment.

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Aortic Surgery

The aorta is the main artery of our bodies. All other arteries that carry blood all over the body branch off from the aorta. Click below to read more about diseases of the aorta and how they are treated at our hospital.

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Acute Aortic Dissection

An acute aortic dissection is a tear in the inner wall of the aorta, close to the heart. The only way to save the patient’s life is a rapid operation performed by an experienced team. Here you can learn more.

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Transplantation Surgery

Since the DHZB opened in 1986 over 2,300 heart and/or lung transplantations have been conducted. How is the process of organ harvesting, allocation, transport and transplantation organized? Here you can learn more.

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