Augusta Hospital in Düsseldorf
Augusta Hospital in Düsseldorf ©Klinik für Gefäßchirurgie am Augusta-Krankenhaus, Düsseldorf (VKKD)

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Cardiovascular Centre of the Augusta Hospital in the Düsseldorf Catholic Hospital Group (VKKD)

Specialist disease: Cardiovascular disease

Prof. Dr. med. Ralf Kolvenbach

Rochusstraße 2
40479 Düsseldorf
Prof. Dr. med. Ralf Kolvenbach
Tel. +49 (0)211 9043-301
Fax +49 (0)211 9043-309

www.vkkd-kliniken.de

Professor Ralf Kolvenbach

Senior Consultant at the Cardiovascular Centre of the Augusta Hospital in the Düsseldorf Catholic Hospital Group (VKKD)


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Professor Ralf Kolvenbach: State-of-the-art cardiovascular procedures offered to the very highest standards

Cardiovascular procedures can save lives in a gentle way and are also becoming increasingly important in aesthetic correction. Professor Kolvenbach is Senior Consultant at the Cardiovascular Centre of the Augusta Hospital in the Düsseldorf Catholic Hospital Group (VKKD). Professor Kolvenbach and his team offer the full spectrum of modern cardiovascular surgery, from routine procedures to the replacement of entire major arteries, and all incorporating the latest advancements in modern medicine.

Small incisions that save lives – precision vascular surgery using high-tech methods

“A person is as old as their veins,” goes an old saying. Particularly when we get older, problems with veins and arteries can often have life-threatening consequences. In the Cardiovascular Centre at Düsseldorfʼs Augusta Hospital, specialists treat arterial and venous diseases using the latest nonaggressive techniques.

All specialist clinics required for the comprehensive treatment of cardiovascular diseases are united under one roof here. In addition to cardiovascular surgery, this includes interventional radiology (imaging with minimally invasive procedures), and endovascular surgery (procedures inside the blood vessels).

Because it is possible to treat patients with catheters and stents, the need for more serious operations can often be averted. The Düsseldorf Catholic Hospital Group is the cityʼs largest provider of hospital services, which is why many patients are referred from other VKKD departments. Increasingly, patients are also coming from other regions of Germany or from abroad because of the exceptional reputation of the Cardiovascular Centre. The VKKD is also able to offer patients a suitable post-treatment recovery programme in a dedicated rehabilitation clinic.

Constriction, pain, numbness: the signs of cardiovascular problems

Circulatory disorders restrict blood flow, decreasing the supply of blood to the organs, the heart and the limbs. The most common symptoms of circulatory disorders of the legs are chronic pain in the calves and toes, which cause the affected person to walk slower or to have to stop and pause every so often (hence the name ‘shop window disease’). But the core blood vessels, i.d. those that supply blood to the head and the brain, can also be affected. Deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels can form small clumps or the vascular walls themselves can bulge out, an event known as an aneurysm. If a blood vessel in the head bursts, it can cause a stroke, in which case the specialists at the Augusta Hospital will have to perform surgery immediately. The heart is supplied with blood by a network of surrounding vessels. If one of these vessels ‘closes up’, the blockage can be removed by various minimally invasive interventions using catheters or by operations involving heart-lung machines. Another domain of the Cardiovascular Centre is the treatment of life-threatening aneurysms caused by weakened vascular walls of the aorta in the chest or stomach area.

Varicose veins are a particularly common venous disease and can also be removed in the Cardiovascular Centre using the latest minimally invasive treatment techniques

Minimally invasive procedures as standard

A key focus both in the clinicʼs research and its day-to-day patient care is the development of minimally invasive techniques for procedures that are less traumatic for the patient. As one of the main providers of minimally invasive aortic procedures to patients from a wide catchment area, Düsseldorfʼs Augusta Hospital is now able to treat nearly 90 per cent of people with aortic aneurysms in this way. Use of these minimally invasive methods greatly reduces complications and mortality rates, which in the past were often associated with cardiovascular procedures, and significantly decreases the amount oftime that people have to stay in hospital.

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Obras incríveis

Albertinum: um museu de arte moderna de 125 anos, que foi reaberto em 2010, após uma reforma de 51 milhões de euros. A coleção de retratos começa com um dos pintores alemães mais românticos, Caspar David Friedrich, e termina com seu artista vivo mais famoso, Gerhard Richter, sendo que ambos passaram a infância em Dresden. Você vai encontrar desde a Bailarina de Degas, a Monet, Manet, Rodin, Van Gogh. A entrada Vista 10€

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Zwinger Palace

O Chateau de Versailles de Dresden

O Zwinger Palace é um dos melhores exemplos da arquitetura barroca tardia na Alemanha. Construído entre 1710 e 1728 pelo arquiteto Pöppelmann, o Palácio Zwinger foi usado para grandes festas e torneios. Hoje, o complexo barroco de pavilhões, galerias e pátios interiores é a casa de grandes museus e obras. A Madonna Sistina de Rafael você encontrará lá. O acervo de Porcelana tambem é belíssimo. O Arsenal também é muito interessante se você curte trajes e armas. Se você não quiser entrar em nenhum museu, vá pelo menos para andar pelos jardins e admirar o "Kronentor", que é o portão com a coroa.

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Asisi Panometer

Deesden : 1945

Setenta anos depois do bombardeio de Dresden, na Segunda Guerra Mundial, um panorama de 360 ​​graus que mostra a cidade destruída foi revelado na cidade. O artista Yadegar Asisi criou uma imagem circular de 100 metros de largura e 30 metros de altura que mostra Dresden após os devastadores ataques aéreos dos aliados. Entre 13-15 fevereiro de 1945, apenas alguns meses antes do fim da guerra, os bombardeiros britânicos e norte-americanos destruíram mais de 90 por cento do centro histórico da cidade, matando cerca de 25.000 pessoas. Mais de 3.900 toneladas de bombas de alto poder explosivo e dispositivos incendiários dizimaram marcos importantes do barroco em uma cidade que é considerada "a Florença do Elba". O panorama, Dresden: 1945, fica aberto de 24 de Janeiro à 31 de maio de 2015, no gasômetro Panometer. http://www.asisi.de/en/panoramas/dresden-1945/photo-gallery.html

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Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady

A Lady de Dresden

A Igreja da Nossa Senhora de Dresden é um espetáculo de linda. É a igreja que vai te impactar no primeiro minuto que você entrar e ver uma igreja branca, super luminada. Se há um lugar cuja história pode mover-lo às lágrimas, será n'a Igreja de Nossa Senhora. Durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial, a igreja foi bombardeada e ficou em escombros até 1994, quando um programa de restauração foi iniciado. Hoje, é um lembrete dos dias antes da guerra e um dos lugares que você vai ter uma história imparcial sobre a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

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Christmas Markets in Cologne

Christmas in Germany

Christmas may be over, but 11 months from now the season will be upon us and you should spend 2015 in Germany! Why? The Christmas season is in Germany is like no other. There is no other place in the world where you can experience countless, and famous, Christmas markets that will without a doubt, put you in the holiday spirit. While the markets are open all day, it’s best to visit at night. Many towns across Germany have decorated the streets and market squares with evergreen-lined stalls, twinkling lights and religious (and not so religious) statues to kick off the holiday season as festively as possible. If you are a foreigner in Germany at this time of year, it's difficult to miss home when Germany puts on an excellent show at Christmas time. No matter what German city you are in, you can find families and friends of all ages, walking around shopping for unique and traditional gifts, sipping on mulled wine and indulging in delicious German food. You will hear laughter amongst the Christmas carols that will make you forget about your toes and fingers tingling from the cold temperature at this time of year. It’s truly a traditional delight for all of the senses. No trip to the German Christmas markets is complete without trying a class of glühwein, which is a combinations of red wine, spices and sugar. This traditional drink will keep you cozy and happy. Hungry? No problem! There are many stalls that sell traditional German Christmas Market food and snacks for you to enjoy such as bratwurst, mutzen, schmachtlappen and reibekuchen. In a world where Christmas present shopping consists of the latest technology and thoughtless gift certificates, it’s nice to be able to find traditional hand carved gifts at several stalls. Not to mention, mountains of oranges and nuts, the original gift that St. Nicholas gave to people hundreds of years ago at this time of year. While many countries around the world celebrate Christmas, no other place does it like Germany. So, if you feel that this time of year has been lacking in holiday spirit, take a trip over to this European country and be reminded what Christmas time is all about.

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Canadians First Time at a Traditional Co-ed Spa

Visiting a co-ed spa was a foreign concept to me, being born and raised in Canada. Nudity in my culture is reserved for your own home where some have issues looking at themselves in the mirror. The gym change room is another publicly acceptable nude room, many of us have mastered the art of undressing by using a towel without exposing our private parts. My wife, Kristen, and I walked into that spa and let go of our Canadian mentalities. I undressed in the co-ed change room next to a woman in her 60s. She had kind eyes, a warm smile and no knowledge of nude shame as she stripped down without embarrassment. Kristen and I entered the spa, dropped our towels and were liberated, free for all to gaze upon! There were adults of all ages and body type, casually conversing as if being nude was more comfortable than being clothed. I had to constantly remind myself that people are not judgemental of bodies here, something I have never experienced in North America. Nudity is very much a part of the culture here. This German spa was the first place I have experienced harmony and equality among class, age, sex. Nobody knows whether you walked in with an Armani suit or a ripped t-shirt, you are all equal, beautiful and free. I immediately felt unjudged and part of the community. The architecture and decor of the spa was heavenly. Stone tiles lead the way to a large open room with lounging chairs and a marble swimming pool. The ambiance is zen, with only the sound of calm conversations and light background music. Buddha heads, candles, bamboo designs and waterfalls decorate the many rooms with relaxation and beauty. The outdoor rooftop contained hot tubs and saunas to keep you warm and steamy as well as cold pools and a bucket of snow used to cool your body down before jumping back into the hot tub. I left with my body relaxed, my skin clean, and my mind at peace. I learned that the human body is a beautiful gift which should be appreciated and accepted. Nudity is our original state and should be more widely accepted.

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Herrenhauser Gärten Grotto

Niki the St.-Phalle at her best

A couple of years ago a very wealthy friend of mine, who owns an work of art by French artist Niki de St.-Phalle, told me included Hannover in a trip to Europe just to see Nikki's art in town. I had totally forgotten this until I came to Hannover and found out that Niki's works are all over the place. There are three Nanas in the Sculpture Mile downtown and an ancient grotto at the Herrenhauser Gardens was redone by Niki, who filled with her Nanas, a colorful Ganesha and a myriad of kaleidoscopic mirrors. Before her death, she donated her private collection to Hannover's Sprengel Museum, and will appear in the new wing due to open late in 2016.

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Elbphilarmonie

The next big thing

Due to open in 2017, the Elbphilarmonie is a ~very~ controversial project among Hamburg's taxpayers. But its sheer originality and generous public spaces will definitely put Hamburg on the map of people who've never thought of visiting this vibrant town. The building will contain three concert halls, two hotels, apartments, shops and a public square between the base of the bulding (a former wharehouse) and the new, Gaudí-esque top. You can count on Hamburg becoming as popular with foreign travelers as it is among German visitors.

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