Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Introduction of departments

The aims of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine are;

  1. to bring up superb physicians in cardiovascular medicine,
  2. to provide clinical evidence in cardiovascular medicine from Hiroshima area, and
  3. to promote translational researches for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

We are open and cordially welcome anybody who wants to be an excellent and fully-trained cardiovascular physician.

Research content

Arrhythmia

We diagnose origins of arrhythmias and perform the appropriate treatments: radiofrequency catheter ablation for tachyarrhythmias, pacemaker for bradyarrhythmias, ICD implantation for fatal arrhythmias (i,e, Brugada syndrome) and CRT for severe heart failure. Our session is going to be one of representative arrhythmia centers in Chugoku-Shikoku area.

Peripheral Artery Disease and Regenerative Medicine:

Therapeutic angiogenesis with bone-marrow mononuclear cell implantation is performed for patients with severe peripheral artery diseases, which is approved as an advanced medical technology in Hiroshima University.

Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography:

Using multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT), a whole heart can be scanned during a few seconds breath-hold on an outpatient basis. MDCT-coronary angiography can detect stenoses and plaques. The information is useful to decide on treatment strategies. We also evaluate the mechanism of coronary atherosclerosis, which will be useful to predict and prevent the development of acute coronary syndrome.

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention:

Coronary care team consists of highly-trained cardiologists. We perform coronary interventions. We also treat acute coronary syndromes in cooperation with the emergency department.

Treatment achievements

  Examination and Therapy Number (year 2016)
1 Echocardiography 5,239
2 Stress echocardiography 228
3 Transesophageal echocardiography 189
4 Treadmill ECG 347
5 Cardiopulmonary exercise test 430
6 Myocardial scintigraphy (SPECT) 448
7 Coronary CT angiography 693
8 Right-side heart catheter examination 313
9 Left-side heart catheter examination 508
10 Percutaneous coronary intervention 195
11 Percutaneous peripheral intervention (including renal artery) 24
12 Catheter ablation 333
13 Pacemaker implantation 56
14 Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator 33
15 Cardiac resynchronization therapy 16
16 Cardiac rehabilitation 7,611
17 Vascular regenerative therapy (68 between 2002 and 2016)


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