The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Aarhus University Hospital is an internationally renowned and highly specialized department for diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment of diseases.

The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery has gained an international profile for a focused multidisciplinary team approach for diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment for a wide spectrum of cardiothoracic and vascular diseases.

The department is a national reference centre for highly specialized interventions, such as surgery for congenital heart disease, disease of thoraco-abdominal aorta, cervical esophageal cancer, tracheal resection, chronic pulmonary thromboembolism, heart transplantation, and mechanical cardiopulmonary support for respiratory or cardiac failure.

The department collaborates with cardiothoracic and vascular centres of excellence in Europe and the United States and receives patients from outside the country for treatment for chronic pulmonary embolism and pectus deformities.. Experts from the department travel world-wide to teach colleagues in minimally invasive or catheter-based heart valve therapy, surgery for congenital heart disease and chest wall deformities.

The department is very active in research and is internationally renowned for translational research in valve surgery, registry studies and functional cardiopulmonary studies in patients undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease and chest wall deformities. Furthermore, the department has developed and established a scientifically- based unit for self-management of anticoagulation treatment.

Facts (2015)

Discharges: 3,616
Bed days: 17,569
Average length of stay: 4.9 days 
Outpatient visits: 8,706