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The Cardiovascular Institute Hospital

Conditions Treated
Ischemic Heart Disease, Irregular Heart Beat (Arrhythmia), Heart Failure, Aortic Disease.

Treatment Methods (Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Valve Replacement Surgery, Catheter Ablation, Cardiac Rehabilitation)

Treatment methods for ischemic heart diseases (angina pectoris, cardiac infarction, etc.) include percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and others in addition to drug therapy.

At our center, we perform reliable and safe PCI using intravascular ultrasound. This minimally invasive procedure allows the patient a quick return to normal life. Our performance records are proof of our high success rate in therapies that require an advanced set of skills, such as treating chronic total occlusion, something that may cause severe angina. In the case of single surgery CABG, off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) grafting using artery grafts is performed in all cases. By ensuring the use of a high level of technology in all therapies carried out at our hospital, we are confident of always providing the best solutions for our patients, no matter which field of internal medicine or surgery it may be.

Artificial valve replacement surgery is commonly performed in cases of valvular diseases.

However, some disadvantages cannot be avoided, such as the patient being required to take antiplatelet drugs for a long period of time and/or having a second valve-replacement surgery after approximately 10 years. At our hospital, therefore, we perform valvuloplasty, which requires a highly sophisticated skill set, but ultimately places less burden on the patient.

For aortic diseases, therapies including stent graft interpolation (thoracic endovascular aortic repair) are performed, based on an interdisciplinary judgment.

While catheter ablation is practiced in many hospitals as a means of curing arrhythmia, ablation used for atrial fibrillation is a relatively new therapy, and is only performed at a small number of institutions. We have been performing ablation for atrial fibrillation for several years now, and are proud of our high performance success rate.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a comparatively recent therapy method, with an emphasis on exercise
therapy. This treatment is intended for patients who have just undergone heart surgery,
experienced angina, or in cases of acute cardiac infarction, where it is used to restore cardiac
and bodily functions and to improve post-operative progress and the development of symptoms.
Although many institutions and hospitals have only recently begun introducing this therapy, we
have been providing it for over 10 years at our hospital, and are seen as the pioneering hospital
in Japan in this regard.

Features of Our Hospital

Treatment Results (2011)

Department of Cardiovascular Diseases
(Coronary Artery Diseases)
Coronary Angiography 1,058 cases
Coronary Angioplasty 534 cases
Cardiovascular Internal Medicine (Arrhythmia)
Catheter Ablation 188 cases
Pacemaker Implantation 136 cases
Cardiovascular Surgery
Total Number of Surgeries 226 cases
(63 CABGs out of 226 surgeries )
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Inpatients 1,935 cases
Outpatients 2,446 cases

Based on the principle of providing first-class treatment founded on medical research and clinical medicine, and funded through private donations, our hospital was established in 1962 as a specialty hospital for cardiovascular medicine. We have set up a system that covers a wide variety of therapies, from emergency medical support to rehabilitation, so that we are always able to offer the most appropriate care for any type of cardiovascular disease. One of the main features of our hospital is that all of our clinical departments offer high diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, which enable us to make an appropriate diagnosis and medical condition assessment and eventually provide a therapy that is best suited for each and every patient.

The department of cardiovascular internal medicine is made up of three divisions, focusing on coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, and heart failure. In the area of cardiovascular diseases, we perform approximately 600 PCIs every year, among the most in Japan, and approximately 1,000 cardiac catheter tests. In the department of cardiovascular surgery, CABG, valvuloplasty, valve replacement, and other surgeries are performed, as well as left ventricular plasty surgery, which is something that only a limited number of hospitals in the world are able to offer.

We have introduced many state-of-the-art medical devices, and patient rooms became even more functional and comfortable with the relocation to our new site adjacent to Roppongi Hills in February 2011.

A Message to International Patients from Our Hospital

Dr. Takeshi Yamashita
Dr. Takeshi Yamashita
Medical Director

Dr. Akira Koike
Dr. Akira Koike
Director in the Department of Cardiovascular Internal Medicine

Our hospital is proud of its staff of highly experienced full-time specialists and healthcare professionals. They are the backbone of this institution and go to great lengths in order to improve their skills and abilities, which enables us to offer the most advanced level therapies for a wide range of cardiovascular diseases. In every division of our hospital, our staff members are able to attend to our patients in English, and we have already admitted many overseas patients for this reason. Our aim is to create a hospital environment in which you can feel at ease. To meet these expectations, our dedicated staff members are doing their utmost to maintain a system that at any time is able to respond to urgent tests and surgery. Last but not least, we have introduced the clinical path method (an inpatient treatment plan for each disease) for major tests and therapies.

We believe that this will make it easier for international patients to plan and organize their stay in Japan, if they are given their treatment schedule in advance and have access to the details of their treatment from their admission to our hospital through to their discharge.

Our relocated hospital is situated in the vicinity of Roppongi Hills, which is a popular sightseeing spot, so if a patient will only be undergoing examinations, outpatient visits from the nearby Grand Hyatt Tokyo are possible.

Overview of the Treatment Schedule (Model Case: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention)

In addition to your medical history, a list of medications and information on your coronary artery CT, please provide us with any relevant data if you have undergone cardiac catheter examinations in your home country, and consult with us regarding your admission to our hospital.

When you visit us as an outpatient, nearby hotels such as the Grand Hyatt Tokyo are available as accommodation for your family.

Overview of Treatment Schedule

Photos

External View of Our Hospital Waiting Lounge Patient Room (Multiple Occupancy Room)
External View of Our Hospital Waiting Lounge Patient Room (Multiple Occupancy Room)
Established 1962
(Relocated in 2011)
Clinical Departments
Cardiovascular Internal Medicine (Coronary Artery Diseases), Cardiovascular Internal Medicine (Arrhythmia), Cardiovascular Internal Medicine (Heart Failure), Cardiovascular Surgery, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation
Payment Methods
Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express)

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Address
3-2-19 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
7 minutes on foot from
Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station
22 minutes from
Tokyo International Airport
(Haneda Airport) by car
URL
http://www.cvi.or.jp