Clinic for Cardiology

‘Our patients’ trust, an awareness of our own skills, and the certainty of helping people gain a new quality of life through a strong, functioning heart – those are the sources of the power we bring to our day-to-day work.’
(Chief Physician Dr. med. Benno Hennen)

The Cardiological Clinic is involved in diagnosing and treating all diseases of the cardiovascular system. These include, for instance, circulatory disorders such as high blood pressure, heart failure, diseases of the coronary vessels as well as heart attacks. Particularly in connection with cardiac arrhythmia (keyword: atrial fibrillation), strokes are also part of the cardiologist’s work, in close consultation with specialists in neurology.

Diseases of the cardiovascular system rank among the leading causes of death in Germany. One of the most important tasks for cardiology is immediately to initiate appropriate measures to counteract an acute circulatory disorder of the heart or brain in order to restore the supply of blood to the organs and avert or at least minimise lasting damage to an individual’s health.


The Clinic for Cardiology of the Municipal Hospital of Pirmasens has a modern left heart catheterisation measuring device with 24-hour on-call service and a stroke unit.

In addition to narrowing of the coronary vessels, the cardiac catheter laboratory treats stenoses (bottlenecks) in other arteries as well. This may involve the carotid arteries, for instance, if they are the cause of circulatory disorders of the brain, or the renal arteries, where renal function can be preserved and adjustments in blood pressure facilitated.

The therapeutic interventions include occlusion of defects of the cardiac septum and congenital vascular deformities, widening of narrowed valves and reduction of pathologically thickened cardiac muscle tissue.

Our Pacemaker Department offers state-of-the-art, guideline-based therapies for the treatment of fast and slow cardiac arrhythmias; the aim here is to improve cardiac output. In all of the interventions performed, the greatest importance is attached to providing comprehensive explanation to patients and working closely with referring physicians.

The offer of the Cardiological Clinic includes, among other things:

  • Diagnostic left heart catheterisation measuring device for assessment of the coronary vessels and the pumping performance of the heart
  • Right heart catheter at rest and during exercise, for instance to clarify the haemodynamic significance of valve defects
  • PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) – balloon widening of a narrowing of the coronary vessels, where indicated followed with implantation of state-of-the-art stents
  • IABP (intra-aortal balloon pump) as mechanical cardiovascular support, e.g. for acute heart attack with cardiogenic shock
  • PTA (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty) – balloon widening and stenting of bottlenecks in other blood vessels, for instance carotid and renal arteries
  • Valvuloplasty – widening of congenital or acquired narrowing of heart valves
  • Exclusion of congenital or acquired defects of the septum between the atria (PFO/ASD) or the ventricles (VSD) of the heart through implantation of Amplatzer Septal Occluder
  • Interventional occlusion of the atrial auricles to treat atrial fibrillation (leader in Germany)
  • Ablation of the renal arteries and renal denervation for hypertension
  • Diagnosis and, where indicated, treatment of other congenital defects of the cardiovascular system, including occlusion of vascular deformities of the pulmonary circulation
  • Alcohol septum ablation to treat hypertrophically obstructive cardiomyopathy
  • Implantation of pacemakers and ICD (defibrillators) to treat slow and fast cardiac arrhythmias and for cardial resynchronisation by means of biventricular stimulation
  • In the non-invasive area: extensive spectrum of examinations for diagnosis of myocardial ischemias, clarification of cardiac arrhythmias and other issues. There is a stroke unit available for the acute treatment of stroke patients.

Chefarzt Dr. med. Benno HennenChief Physician Dr. med. Benno Hennen
Specialist for Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Authorisations to provide advanced training

  • B 13.5 Innere Medizin und Kardiologie (WBO 2006) 36 Monate, davon 6 Mon. anrechenbar für Intensivmed.

Leitender Oberarzt Dr. med. Torsten MarkwirthManaging Senior Physician Dr. med. Torsten Markwirth
Specialist for Internal Medicine and Cardiology



Oberarzt Dr. med. Thomas NeubergerSenior Physician Dr. med. Thomas Neuberger
Specialist for Internal Medicine and Cardiology


Senior Physician Benebamba Yanna
Specialist for Internal Medicine and Cardiology



Senior Physician dr. med. (Univ. Debrecen) Adam Papp
Specialist for Internal Medicine



Senior Physician dr. med. (Univ. Semmelweis) Bence Lázár
Specialist for Internal Medicine and Cardiology




Senior Physician dr. med. (Univ. Debrecen) Gergö Kiss
Specialist for Internal Medicine

Each year, more than 200,000 people in Germany fall victim to a stroke (also referred to as a ‘cerebrovascular accident’ or an ‘infarction’). Approximately 70 percent of those affected suffer a permanent speech disorder after the incident, and roughly one in four will have to rely upon constant assistance. Even young people are not exempt from this fate: around ten percent of all stroke victims are not yet 40 years of age. For more than half of these people, a stroke means the end of their active working life.

In each case, whether or not a stroke ends in personal disaster is a matter decided in the first hours after the event.

From a physician’s standpoint, the first possible cause of a stroke is a ‘cerebral ischaemia’, meaning nothing other than a clog in an artery that ordinarily supplies the brain with blood and oxygen. Some 80 percent of all strokes fall under this category, which the specialists in the Clinic for Cardiology at the Municipal Hospital of Pirmasens in a stroke unit reliably diagnose and treat accordingly.

Stroke-UnitTheir motto: the sooner the stroke is detected, the greater the patient’s chances of living his or her life without significant restrictions later on.

This principle also applies in connection with the second type of stroke – the result of a ruptured artery, known in the vernacular as a ‘brain haemorrhage’.

A feature common to both kinds of infarction is death of the nerve cells in the brain due to a lack of oxygen. Conceptually, this process is comparable to a heart attack. The Latin word ‘infarct’ simply describes the death of living tissue. Unlike a heart attack, a diabetic foot or similar diagnoses that are associated with visible signs and at times considerable pain, a stroke usually catches its victims unaware and without the usual warning signs. Too often, patients who dismiss symptoms of early vascular disease with a shrug are then hit by a proverbial ‘blindside’, and that’s when every minute counts. In fact, every stroke is always an emergency.

In addition to round-the-clock emergency outpatient treatment, the Clinic for Cardiology also offers consultation hours as follows:

Cardiological private consultation
By appointment with Chief Physician Dr. med. Benno Hennen
via Secretariat: Britta Hennen
Telephone: 06331/714-1541

Pacemaker outpatient treatment
By appointment with Senior Physicians Dr. med. Torsten Markwirth and Benebamba Yanna -
Telephone: 06331/714-1430

Since 2009, the Clinic for Cardiology has served as an international training centre for the implantation of interconventional left atrial appendage occlusion. The background here is that, for purposes of quality assurance, manufactures of such implants require theoretical and practical training as a prerequisite to access to the occlusion technology. Specialists at the Municipal Hospital of Pirmasens also serve as proctors who monitor initial operations by colleagues from other institutions in this area.

Interconventional left atrial appendage occlusion with ‘atrial auricular plug’

For patients with atrial fibrillation, thrombi may form in the atrium of the heart; this is a small protuberance in the left atrium. These blood clots can make their way into the circulatory system and are a severe cause of strokes. Since the common response – administration of anti-coagulants – can lead to unwanted side-effects in some patients, interconventional left atrial appendage occlusions represent an important alternative. In this delicate procedure, using a minimally invasive and thus gentle method, a catheter is used to close off the atrium with a type of ‘plug’.

The Clinic for Cardiology has been a training and educational facility for the treatment of defects of the heart septum since 2008.

To provide patients with optimal care, the Clinic for Cardiology works on prevention, diagnosis and treatment on a case-by-case basis, in conjunction with specialised partners. These include, amongst others:

Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes

Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Joachim Schäfers
Kirrberger Straße 100
Gebäude 57
66421 Homburg/Saar
Telephone: 06841/16-320

Westpfalz-Klinikum Kaiserslautern
Clinic for Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery
Prof. Dr. Manfred Dahm
Standort I Kaiserslautern
Hellmut-Hartert-Straße 1
67655 Kaiserslautern
Telephone: 0631/203-1426

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Herzzentrum des Universitätsklinikums Bonn
Prof. Dr. Georg Nickenig
Venusberg-Campus 1
53127 Bonn
Telephone: 0228/287-15217

Contact the doctors

Chefarzt Dr. med. Benno HennenChief Physician:
Dr. med. Benno Hennen


Dr. med. Torsten MarkwirthManaging Senior Physician:
Dr. med. Torsten Markwirth


Senior Physician Dr. med. Thomas Neuberger

Senior Physician Benebamba Yanna

Senior Physician dr. med. (Univ. Debrecen) Adam Papp

Senior Physician dr. med. (Univ. Semmelweis) Bence Lázár

Contact the clinic

Britta Hennen


Pacemaker Outpatient Treatment

Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
Director: Patric Pfeifer

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