Five steps to care

Cardiac treatments

High-quality cardiac and vascular treatment

Do you have heart problems or a diagnosed heart disease, for which you are looking for high-quality diagnosis and treatment?

Annually, we offer high quality treatment to more than 20 000 patients. We utilise the latest knowledge and technology in treatment. In addition, we have the equipment for even the most demanding cardiac imaging (e.g. CT, MRI, PET) as well as a comprehensive quality monitoring system.

40 cardiologists and surgeons, as well as nearly 150 nursing professionals focus on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. We are internationally known for our treatment and research. We are specialists in cardiology, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, including oesophageal and lung surgery and vascular surgery. In addition, we treat patients that need thyroid and parathyroid gland surgery.

Coronary Heart Disease Treatment

We carry out 2,000 coronary angiographs and about 1,000 angioplasty procedures annually. With balloon angioplasty, we can take care of coronary heart disease so that the patient comes to the hospital on the morning of the operation and can go home during the same day. In the treatment of more difficult coronary heart disease, bypass surgery is generally the most suitable treatment.

Hartikainen Juha

Professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Hedman Antti

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Hedman Marja

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Head of Department
Department of Clinical Radiology
KUH Imaging Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology
Clinical radiology

Kivelä Antti

MD, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Maaroos Martin

MD, Cardiothoracic surgeon

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiothoracic surgery

Mäkinen Kimmo

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Vascular Surgery
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Vascular surgery

Perälä Anssi

MD, Specialist

Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Romppanen Hannu

MD, PhD, Interventional Cardiologist

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Turpeinen Anu

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Arrhythmias

We have modern electro-anatomic sensing equipment in use, as well as magnetic navigation equipment used in the treatment of more demanding arrhythmias. We annually carry out around 450 arrhythmias examinations and treatments. In addition to catheter ablation treatment, we use ICD’s for the treatment of the most severe, life-threatening arrhythmias. We also fit so-called biventricular pacemakers as part of severe heart failure treatment.

Hedman Antti

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Hedman Marja

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Head of Department
Department of Clinical Radiology
KUH Imaging Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology
Clinical radiology

Kivelä Antti

MD, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Maaroos Martin

MD, Cardiothoracic surgeon

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiothoracic surgery

Mäkinen Kimmo

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Vascular Surgery
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Vascular surgery

Perälä Anssi

MD, Specialist

Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Romppanen Hannu

MD, PhD, Interventional Cardiologist

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Turpeinen Anu

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Valve diseases


The primary treatment for severe valve diseases is heart surgery and the repair or replacement of a defective valve with a prosthetic valve. In the treatment of valve diseases, we aim to use so-called corrective surgery, where the defective valve is repaired without the use of an artificial valve. In aortic valve surgery, we either fit a biological valve or a mechanical prosthetic valve. The latest treatment is the fitting of a transcatheter aortal prosthetic valve, in other words without open surgery.

Hedman Antti

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Hedman Marja

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Head of Department
Department of Clinical Radiology
KUH Imaging Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology
Clinical radiology

Kivelä Antti

MD, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Maaroos Martin

MD, Cardiothoracic surgeon

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiothoracic surgery

Mäkinen Kimmo

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Vascular Surgery
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Vascular surgery

Perälä Anssi

MD, Specialist

Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Romppanen Hannu

MD, PhD, Interventional Cardiologist

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Turpeinen Anu

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Vascular surgery

In vascular surgery, we treat narrowed arteries surgically with various methods, as well as intravenously with angioplasty and stenting. The contemporary treatment of cardiovascular disease is a combination of different techniques. For example, during the same procedure, we can carry out iliac artery angioplasty and stenting, as well as femoral popliteal bypass surgery. In the treatment of enlarged blood vessels, or aneurysms, we apply the latest technologies, such as intravenous prosthetic stents by means of traditional open surgery alongside technology. We aim to carry out the treatment of varicose veins or superficial venous thrombosis by utilising puncture techniques (radiofrequency ablation, laser, foam sclerotherapy). Thus, we often avoid making any skin incisions.

We carry out about 220 thyroid and parathyroid surgical treatments each year.

Hedman Antti

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Hedman Marja

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Head of Department
Department of Clinical Radiology
KUH Imaging Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology
Clinical radiology

Kivelä Antti

MD, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Maaroos Martin

MD, Cardiothoracic surgeon

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiothoracic surgery

Mäkinen Kimmo

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Vascular Surgery
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Vascular surgery

Perälä Anssi

MD, Specialist

Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Romppanen Hannu

MD, PhD, Interventional Cardiologist

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology

Turpeinen Anu

Associate professor, MD, PhD

Deputy Chief Physician
Heart Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Cardiology