Within the Clinical Management of Heart Disease, the Cardiology Department seeks to be a ground-breaking, state-of-the-art clinical area that is patient-oriented and deals in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases, with healthcare evaluations and control that are in line with current scientific evidence, involving healthcare, education and research to the highest level of efficiency.
The healthcare given involves procedures in which the patient is the focal point of the process, developed along with the Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Departments making up the Health Disease Area.
Around 200 professionals work in the Cardiology Department, including doctors, nurses, auxiliaries, administrative staff and orderlies, and is responsible for providing conventional cardiology care to a population of around 500,000 people, although the area of reference can reach between 1,300,000 and 2,500,000 people in certain programmes of significant specialisation and complexity (interventionist cardiology, cardiac transplantation, and mechanical ventricular assistance). The Hospital has the highest volume in the country in some extremely complex cardiology programmes (percutaneous coronary intervention, acute myocardial infarction angioplasty, or mechanical ventricular assistance).
The Integrated heart failure programme for the Southern Metropolitan Area of Barcelona has recently been established in which, along with the cardiology departments of the hospitals, professionals from other healthcare units (Internal medicine, Bellvitge Hospital A&E, primary care, etc.), processes, circuits and protocols will be agreed on for patients with heart failure throughout the area of influence.