It is well proven that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in developed countries. Due to the high prevalence of cardiac disease in Greece, experienced heart centers are available with state-of-the-art equipment and distinct physicians.
Comprehensive cardiac care is provided in preventive, curative and rehabilitation services. Experts in lipid and atheromatosis management handle all contemporary needs of primary and secondary prevention in a Mediterranean country with optimal diet and climate conditions. Properly-trained cardiologists successfully manage patients, based on current guidelines, with the aid of the latest innovations in 2D and 3D echocardiography, nuclear imaging, multislice computed tomography, non-invasive angiography and magnetic resonance imaging. High-volume interventional cardiologists combine their skills with modern technology 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, to perform coronary angiography and angioplasty with drug-eluting stents either acutely in patients with myocardial infarction or electively in patients with stable angina. It is important to underline that these procedures are performed via the radial artery (the small artery of the wrist), so that no bed rest is required and patients can go home within a few hours without the fear of bleeding complications. Moreover, structural interventions are routine, including correction of congenital abnormalities, transcatheter aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair. Electrophysiology in Greece is also world class with availability of all types of ablation, arrhythmia consultation and device implantation.
Minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery completes the comprehensive cardiac care. Internationally renowned surgeons offer off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, endoscopic valvular repair and transapical valve implantation. Recovery is fast and complete so that patients can immediately enjoy a safe walk next to the Aegean Sea.
Athanasios Kapetanopoulos, MD, FACC, FESC, FSCAI