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In accordance with Section 116b of the German Social Law Book (SGB), we offer a separate outpatient service for patients with severe heart failure. Here, symptoms can be evaluated and suitable surgical and/or non-surgical treatment options discussed.

NYHA classes

One way to assess the degree of severity of a patient's heart failure is to categorize it according to the severity of self-reported symptoms. The following NYHA (New York Heart Association) classification divides heart failure symptoms into four classes.

Services offered by the HF Outpatient Clinic

The outpatient diagnostic and treatment services for patients with severe heart failure (NYHA classes III-IV) who have been referred by their general practitioner or local cardiologist meet the requirements of Section 116b of the Social Law Book (SGB V).

The diagnostic and treatment services offered by our HF Outpatient Clinic can provide patients who present with severe heart failure with further treatment options targeting either the underlying disease or the symptoms that developed as a result of the side effects associated with previous or ongoing treatments.

[Translate to Englisch:] Zur Diagnostik bei der Feststellung einer Herzinsuffizienz gehört auch die echokardiografische Untersuchung

As part of the services offered by the HF Outpatient Clinic, it is also possible to arrange a consultation with our cardiac specialist to discuss which of the currently available surgical and interventional options (e.g. MitraClip, minimally-invasive catheter-based aortic valve replacement, pulmonary vein isolation) might be suitable in the patient's specific situation and, if necessary, to weigh up the pros and cons of any such procedures.

An outpatient appointment usually lasts a whole morning and involves in-depth diagnostic testing, including:

many of whom will already be receiving drug-based therapy or will have been fitted with a pacemaker. 

Recommendations for treatment will be based on the patient's current symptoms, and may involve a recommendation to continue treatment on an outpatient basis and review the situation at a follow-up appointment. In the case of patients with severely impaired physical capacity who show signs of decompensated heart failure, the recommendation may be to admit the patient and to continue treatment on an inpatient basis.

In order to qualify for outpatient treatment, patients need a referral form from their general practitioner or local cardiologist. To make an appointment, please contact the Patient Information Center (PIZ).

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