Nephrology and Rheumatology

The Clinic for Nephrology and Rheumatology headed by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Anton Müller covers all areas of nephrology, rheumatology and intensive care medicine and contributes to the comprehensive interdisciplinary care of patients with cardiovascular diseases at the Heart Center Göttingen.

The heart and the kidney are vitally connected through the regulation of blood pressure and water balance. Heart diseases lead to impairment of kidney function, and vice versa, diseased kidneys cause damage to the heart. To ensure optimal care of patients with heart or kidney disease, we work closely with the hypertension center via nephrological consultations at the cardiological and cardiosurgical wards of the Heart Center as well as via interdisciplinary care at nephrological wards. Our Clinic for Nephrology and Rheumatology participates in a number of research projects to investigate and treat combined heart and kidney diseases, and is also a member of the cardiological collaborative research center. Since patients with kidney disease develop heart disorders more frequently than individuals without kidney problems, we focus particularly on the identification and therapy of these disease mechanisms.

Diagnostics and treatment of kidney disease

Kidney diseases can exacerbate cardiovascular disease through overhydration, protein loss, sodium imbalance and acidosis, among others. Our interdisciplinary cooperation enables an optimal drug therapy.

Dialysis treatment

Severe heart diseases and surgical procedures can require “kidney replacement therapy” using hemodialysis. Our expertise contributes to an optimal dialysis treatment and subsequent weaning of patients off dialysis. 

Hypertension therapy

Through our certified hypertension center, our clinic is well equipped for diagnostics and therapy of severe hypertension disorders. Kidney artery doppler sonography as well as modern laboratory diagnostics and the use of baroreceptor stimulators are available at our clinic.

Lipid apheresis

Metabolic disorders pose a high risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis. In particularly severe metabolic disturbances, blood lipids, and in special forms of myocardial insufficiency, the proteins triggering the disorder, can be filtered out of the blood stream using apheresis therapy.

Rheumatic diseases

In some patients, heart failure and blood vessel occlusion can be caused by rheumatic diseases. We offer such patients a high level of interdisciplinary expertise for diagnostics and treatment of such conditions.

Prof. Dr. Müller
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Anton Müller
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