The focus of both outpatient and inpatient care is naturally on surgical treatment, which the Division of Cardiac Surgery is ready to provide 24 hours a day. Its integration into a large hospital facilitates meeting the special diagnostic and therapeutic requirements for acute or chronically ill cardiac patients when making a medical diagnosis, planning therapy, making decisions on interventions and providing treatment before and after surgery. A wide range of services characterized by interdisciplinary cooperation are available.

Range of services

  • Surgery for coronary heart disease (unstable or stable angina pectoris, acute myocardial infarction), acute and chronic consequences of myocardial infarction, acute surgery involving interventional cardiology (PTCA, stent), transmyocardial laser revascularization, pre- and postoperative mechanical cardiac support, minimally invasive coronary surgery/off-pump coronary artery bypass.
  • Heart valve surgery involving valve reconstruction, heart valve replacement with biological and mechanical valves, homograft bank, minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
  • Surgery for aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic/thoracoabdominal aorta implantation of endoluminal stent-grafts in collaboration with the Division of Special Radiological and Other Imaging Procedures at the Department of Radiology
  • Elective, urgent or acute surgery for congenital heart defects (newborns, infants, children, adults), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, acute interventions involving interventional pediatric cardiology, mechanical support for children
  • Surgery for injuries to the heart and the aorta
  • Surgery for acute cardiac tamponade and chronic pericardial diseases
  • Surgery for cardiac neoplasms including overlapping neoformations
  • Surgical therapy for pulmonary artery embolism
  • Special forms of heart-lung machine use (such as mechanical rewarming for accidental hypothermia), ECMO, special perioperative mechanical support, etc.
  • Surgery for heart rhythm disorders/pacemakers
  • Outpatient care at the pacemaker clinic, the aortic aneurysm clinic, the VAD clinic and the consultation and aftercare clinic

The uniqueness and the added value of our division are the result of the symbiosis between patient care, research and education. The department is jointly operated by the Medical University of Graz and the Styrian Hospital Association (KAGes). This interdisciplinary cooperation between both providers at the University Hospital Graz site is also reflected on our website. More information on patient care can be found at the University Hospital Graz website.