Hemodynamic Research and Interventional Cardiology Department

Contact phone numbers
Head: Vasilios Voudris 210 94 93 356
Deputy Heads: John Iakovou 210 94 93 000
Eftihia Sbarouni
Attending Doctors Α΄: Panayiota Georgiadou

John Malakos

Attending Doctors Β΄: Evaggelos Leontiadis
Nurse Liaison: Donisia Manolopoulou
Penelope Papaspiropoulou
Contact phone numbers for scheduling coronary angiography / angioplasty: 210 94 93 315 & 316
 Fax: 210 94 93 373

Every year in the Interventional Cardiology Department, a large number of diagnostic tests such as angiography, right and left heart catheterization and invasive operations for instance angioplasty of coronary arteries (balloon – stent) are performed, involving patients with all forms of heart disease. Our interventional cardiologists have treated patients with serious heart problems, such as bottlenecks in the main stem, vascular bifurcations, multiple stenosis in the coronary arteries or chronic total occlusion. In our Catheterization Laboratory, primary angioplasty in patients with acute myocardial infarction is performed at any time of the day.

The element of distinction is meeting the needs of urgently needed invasive operations of the Athenian and peripheral hospitals, which officially occurs under the Ministerial Decision on Saturdays and Sundays, but in practice, it happens on a daily basis. The angiography is carried out mainly by hand, allowing the exit of the patient from the hospital after a few hours.

The invasive procedures that are performed include balloon angioplasty and stents placement (of the most advanced technology), atherectomy with rotablator for treating lesions with calcium which do not respond to balloon angioplasty, or blood clot removal from the coronary artery with a catheter. A study regarding the lumen of the coronary artery using ultrasound and measuring the degree of stenosis of the coronary artery using a pressure wire and adenosine infusion (fractional flow reserve – FFR) is carried out.

There is also, a large number of myocardial biopsies conducted in the context of monitoring patients after heart transplantation but for diagnostic purposes in the evaluation of patients with myocarditis / cardiomyopathy, as well. Furthermore, there is a detailed study program carried out regarding the effect of various medicines in idiopathic pulmonary hypertension. In some patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy we perform a septum ablation with ethanol administration.

The OCSC’s Hemodynamic Research and Interventional Cardiology Department is one of the first in Greece, which has been involved, in the Transcatheter aortic valve Implantation (TAVI) in patients with aortic stenosis. These interventions are made in collaboration with the interventional cardiologists, heart surgeons and the anesthesiologists of our hospital, thus, ensuring the possibility to address the most difficult cases.

Recently we have treated patients with refractory to medical treatment of hypertension with ablation of the nerve plexus of renal artery by catheter.

The Department of Hemodynamic Research & Interventional Cardiology has developed a program to drill chronic total occlusion of coronary artery, using new techniques (antegrade and retrograde approach).

Furthermore, it is engaged in the occlusion of paravalvular leaks after valve replacement using special devices (coils) propelled by catheter.

In our Catheterization Laboratory, we also perform the new treatment of occlusion of the left atrium auricle with Transcatheter technique in patients with atrial fibrillation who cannot take anticoagulants due to increased bleeding risk ratio.