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Our group practice offers the full spectrum  of diagnostics and therapy for  cardiovascular diseases as well as routine  check-ups. We have five modern heart-and-  vessel ultrasound units at our disposal,  various ECGs (rest-, exercise-stress and  long-term ECGs, digital X-rays), and much  more.  Our new MRI equipment has been in  operation since 2004. Magnetic resonance  images of the heart provide numerous  advantages over previous standard exam  methods:   -it is an exam that has no effect on the  human body. There are no radio waves  emitted (as in X-rays), but rather magnetic  fields - thus there is no exposure to  radiation.   -the images provided in MR are in very  sharp focus, enabling the physician to  observe the heart much closer and more  accurately than is possible via cardiac  ultrasound.   Moreover, MR enables physicians to acquire  valuable information about the heart's  metabolism (how the heart muscle uses  energy, reflecting its "vitality"). The doctors  can tell which parts of the heart are healthy  and functioning normally, and see any parts  containing damaged or scarred tissue (i.e.,  after a heart attack), even after a "silent  myocardial infarction" (a heart attack the  patient does not notice). MR also provides  feedback on the heart's circulation and  perfusion, and on any areas suffering from  ischaemia (oxygen deprivation). Since 2007 we have been able to use a  further new diagnostic tool, namely spiral  computer tomography (spiral CT). This is  done in cooperation with Martha-Maria  Hospital. This method allows us to precisely  determine the degree of plaque formation in  the coronary arteries, and to compare those  findings with age- and gender-specific  norms. This information helps us make a  reasonably accurate prognosis of the risk of  myocardial infarction.   Under the right conditions (i.e., a regular  heartbeat, a pulse under 65/min,  atherosclerosis that is not too advanced),  we can also visualise the coronary arteries  using contrast medium, thereby  determining which if any vessels are  stenotic (partially or completely occluded or  blocked by plaque). For this exam, please contact our practice.  
We strengthened our team in 2009 by the  addition of Dr Kimmel and Dr Schöngart,  both specialists in cardiology and angiology.  Dr Jeserich continues to carry out cardiac  catheter exams at the Waldkrankenhaus. If you have been diagnosed with heart  and/or vascular disease, or should you wish  to learn more about your risk of  cardiovascular disease, our team of  specialists and consultants is at your  service. We make every effort to ensure that  diagnostic reports, findings, and therapy  recommendations are forwarded to the  referring physician (by fax within 24 hours,  by mail within 2 days) as quickly as possible  so as to inform the patient and his or her  doctor and allow ample time for discussion.  We kindly remind our public health plan  patients ("Kassenpatienten") to bring a  referral note (Überweisung) along when  coming for an appointment.    Dr Meinung carries out vascular exams in  our affiliated practice at Schickenhof 6,  Sebalder Hoefen. Any condition concerning  varicose veins, thrombus, swollen legs or  ankles, or circulatory problems in the legs,  arms or jugular vein can be examined. We  can also carry out check-ups and follow-up  exams, see if you suffer from plaque  formation (and if so, how advanced the  plaque is), and whether you have an  increased risk of stroke, and many other  issues. Patients with lymph oedema (swelling) are  treated by Dr Meinung; special lymph  drainage therapy can be performed. The modern technology of ergospirometry  allows us to discover what is causing  shortness of breath. This diagnostic tool is  also useful for athletes who wish to  determine their athletic potential (fitness  level), or for check-ups. We also offer a special training programme  whereby the body's ability to burn fat is  analysed.  Arterial stiffness occurs as a consquence of  age and arteriosclerosis. The Puls Wave  Analysis (PWA) is done during the blood  pressure measurment and takes about 5  minutes. The report shows the age of your  blood vessels.
New 3D cardiac ultrasound unit.
New 3D cardiac ultrasound unit with  various diagnostic capacities including  colour-tissue Doppler, heart-volume  measurements, 3D-representation of  the heart in real time.  Click on the picture to enlarge the  image
The early diagnosis of coronary plaque (arrow) can potentially trigger a heart attack.
The early diagnosis of coronary plaque (arrow) can potentially trigger a heart attack (click to enlarge).
With this method, your coronary arteries (arrow) are visualised non-invasively, that is, without a catheter, thus revealing stenosis (blockages) early (click to enlarge).
With this method, your coronary arteries (arrow) are visualised non-invasively, that is, without a catheter, thus revealing stenosis (blockages) early.
With this method, (arrow), bypasses can be examined (click to enlarge).
Ergospirometric assessment
Since 2007 we have had at our disposal a  modern cardiac ultrasound unit with three-  dimensional imaging capacity in certain  cases (see image below).
With this method, (arrow), bypasses can be examined. Blood Pressure-PWA
Puls Wave Analysis (PWA)
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