Friends of the German Heart Centre Foundation

Why join the Friends of the German Heart Centre Foundation

It is only through close cooperation between research and practice that advances can be made in state of the art medical treatment. Intensive research in the field of diagnostics and therapy has resulted in a considerable reduction in the mortality rate of patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases in recent years.

The fact that survival rates of children with complex congenital heart defects have risen from 20 to 80 percent in the past 20 years is the best example for this.With the help of the Friends Foundation, the German Heart Centre Munich (DHM) has imparted important medical knowledge. The German Heart Centre Munich was the first heart centre in Europe to consolidate at one location the various medical branches required for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disorders.

Who will benefit from my support?

The German Heart Centre Munich is one of the leading specialised centres to treat cardiovascular disorders in adults and children. As a university institute, it is attached to the Technical University of Munich.

The first of its kind in Europe, the German Heart Centre comprises several departments and institutes, all of which deal with the central human organ, the heart. A concept that has caught on and been copied umpteen times.

The specialised departments

The Department of Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Cardiac Defects under the management of Prof. Dr. J. Hess specialises in congenital heart defects in adults and children. Patients of all age groups suffering from complex heart defects, including one day old babies as well as the elderly, all receive medical care around the clock.

The department places considerable emphasis on the refinement of diagnostic procedures, e.g. the transesophageal ultrasound, as well as the treatment of holes and anastomoses in the heart by means of heart catheterisation.

Treatment of acquired heart defects, particularly in adults, is a speciality of the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases under the management of Prof. Dr. A. Schömig. Even today, many people still die of complications associated with a heart attack. One of the principle goals of the cardiological department is to prevent these conditions, by means of balloon catheter dilatation, for example. Invasive diagnostics and treatment of arrhythmias by means of electrophysiological examinations represent a further focal point.

Surgery of congenital and acquired heart defects in children and adults is performed in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery under the management of Prof. Dr. R. Lange. The department is exemplary throughout Germany for the repair of complex congenital heart defects.

Established techniques of bypass and heart valve surgery are constantly being refined through minimally invasive techniques, computer-aided procedures or new methods of heart valve repair. The first successful heart transplant in Germany was performed in 1981 in the German Heart Centre Munich.

Examples of projects that were realised with the aid of donations and membership fees

Friends of the German Heart Centre Foundation was founded in 1986 with the aim of providing financial support to the Heart Centre for research and medical care. Donations and fees have been used among other things to purchase new medical equipment, organise specialist congresses and publish scientific articles.

In June 2002 with the financial support of the Friends of the German Heart Centre Munich Foundation, the German Heart Centre Munich was thus able to hold the first live congress on the latest surgical procedures used in the repair of congenital heart defects. Some of the world's best paediatric surgeons were filmed while operating on six children suffering from complex congenital heart defects.

The audience of specialists was able to follow the surgical procedure live on a large screen and was able to communicate directly with the surgeons.

The financial support of the Friends Foundation enabled a further post to be created for a psychologist to provide counselling to children and parents in the Department of Paediatridiogy. This offer of counselling for parents is extremely important and ensures that small patients receive optimal care. In exceptional cases, the Friends Foundation also assumes some of the costs associated with surgery for particularly needy patients who undergo surgery in the German Heart Centre Munich.

Quality assurance plays an indispensable role in scientific research and planning new forms of therapy.

The Friends of the German Heart Centre Munich Foundation is therefore involved in providing a databank system in Cardiac Anaesthesia.
New methods of curative treatment of arrhythmias represent one of the focal points of research in the area of cardiology at the German Heart Centre Munich. Donations have enabled the development of new catheters for radiation-free treatment with magnetic resonance imaging control.

In collaboration with the departmental directors, the 7 member management board decide on the appropriate and efficient distribution of funds according to statutory guidelines and under careful consideration of scientific and non-profit principles.

Friends Foundation

Friends of the German Heart Centre Foundation
Lazarettstraße 36, 80636 Munich
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 1218-1000

Bank particulars: Stadtsparkasse Munich,
Account no. 333 336, Bank sorting code 701 500 00