Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology

Patients with tachycardia cardiac arrhythmia, including a majority with atrial fibrillation, can be examined and treated in the Department of Electrophysiology.

Since the establishment in 2015 of a Department of Electrophysiology within the Clinic of Cardiology, we offer state-of-the-art, highly complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the special catheter laboratories are among the most innovative facilities of their kind in northern Germany.

We pay particular attention to patient safety during these complex procedures. This includes having an experienced medical team, well-trained nurses, and state-of-the-art technology. Already during the electrophysiological consultation prior to admission, potential problem areas are discussed with the patient and reduced as far as possible, and the most suitable therapy for the individual is selected. Around 650 ablative procedures are performed annually.

Diseases

  • Cardiac arrhythmia (arrhythmia/tachycardia (heart palpitations), AV node tachycardia, WPW syndrome, atrial fluttering/atrial fibrillation, rare rhythm disturbances, fainting spells of unknown origin
  • Exclusion of blood clots

Diagnostics and surgical methods

  • 3-dimensional mapping
  • Electrophysiology Studies (EPS)
    • Radiofrequency ablation (conventional/cooled)
    • Cryoablation
    • Catheter ablation
    • Pulmonary vein isolation

Dr. med. Thomas Zerm, M.D.

Senior Physician, Department of Electrophysiology

Dr. med. Thomas Zerm, M.D.

Vita

  • Dr. Frank Thomas Zerm has been Head of the Department of Electrophysiology at the Albertinen Hospital since 2015. As a specialist in internal medicine with a subspecialty in cardiology, he received his doctorate in cardiology and pulmonology and acquired additional specialties in special electrophysiology and cardiac device therapy from the German Cardiac Society. An important focus of his work is the examination, treatment, and follow-up of patients with complex rhythmological diseases.

  • born in Hildesheim, married, three children

  • Consultant to the Heart and Rhythm Center, Zurich

  • Senior Physician, Department of Electrophysiology, Cardiology Clinic, Albertinen Cardiovascular Center, Albertinen Hospital

  • Co-founder and Associated Physician, Centre de Cardiologie Valaisan, Sion, Switzerland

  • Physician in Electrophysiology, working with Prof. Kuck, Asklepios Klinik St. Georg, Hamburg

  • Development and management of the Department of Electrophysiology, Hirslanden Klinik Beau-Site, in Bern, Switzerland

  • Clinical Director/Associate Physician in Cardiac EP (electrophysiology), working with Prof. L. Kappenberger, Cardiology Department, "Centre Hopitalier Universitaires Vadios", Lausanne (CHUV), Switzerland

  • Doctorate in medicine, Dissertation: Neuroendocrine Regulation in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

  • Fellowship in Electrophysiology, working with Alexander Schirdewan, Charité Berlin

  • License to practice medicine as a subspecialist in cardiology

  • License to practice medicine as a subspecialist in cardiology

  • Assistant Physician, Functional Senior Physician with Prof. J.-W. Park and Prof. R. Strasser, University Heart Center, TU Dresden

  • Assistant Physician, Gastroenterology Clinic, Döbeln Hospital, Leipzig

  • Assistant Physician, Endocrinological Special Practice, Dr. W. Reske, Dresden

  • Emergency medicine, Johanniter Unfallhilfe und Elbe-Helicopter, Dresden

  • Internal Medicine, Intensive Care, and Cardiology, Radebeul Hospital, Dresden

  • License to practice medicine, Master's thesis: Transfusion Medicine

  • Studied human medicine at Humboldt University (Charité) in Berlin and at TU Dresden

  • Military service

  • Gymnasium Meissen, Dresden: High school diploma

Focus

  • Special professional qualifications

    • 2017: Licensed by the German Cardiac Society (DGK) in special electrophysiology
    • 2017: Licensed by the DGK in cardiac device therapy
    • 2005: Electrophysiology (NASPE Exam)
    • 1992: Emergency medicine and intensive care
  • Teaching assignment/Positions/Functions/Memberships

    • Member: German Cardiac Society (DGK)
    • Member: Swiss Society of Cardiology (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Kardiologie – SGK)
    • Member: European Society of Cardiology
    • Member: Heart Rhythm Society, USA
    • Member: European Heart Rhythm Society
    • Member: Working Group on Cardiac Stimulation and Electrophysiology, Swiss Society of Cardiology (SSC)
    • Member: Valais Medical Society, Switzerland
    • Member: Hamburg Medical Association
  • Selected publications

    • T. Zerm et al.: Testing a New Single Lead for Left Atrial and Left Ventricular Based DDD Pacing in an Animal Experiment, Poster, ESC Scientific Sessions 2002, Berlin

    • T. Zerm et al.: Multisite Pacing Improves Neurohormonal Dysregulation in Severe Heart Failure, Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2003 Feb; 26 (2 Pt 2)

    • T. Zerm et al.: Atrial Sensing Performance of a Recently Developed Defibrillation Lead With Free Floating Atrial Dipole Connected to a Dual Chamber Defibrillator With Enhanced Sensing Characteristics, ESC 2003 Vienna, European Heart Journal Vol. 24 (2003), Suppl.1, p. 275/ P1527

    • T. Zerm, A. Schuchert et al.: Atrial Sensing Performance of a Recently Developed Defibrillation Lead With Free Floating Atrial Dipole Connected to a Dual Chamber Defibrillator With Enhanced Sensing Characteristics, Poster, AHA Scientific Session, Orlando 2003

    • T. Zerm. et al.: Progressive Familial Binodal Conduction Disease with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Caused by PRKAG2 Mutation, AHA Scientific Sessions, Orlando 2003

    • T. Zerm et al.: Long Term Follow up of Patients With Multisite Pacing Devices With Cardiomyopathy of Different Origin, Poster, Europace 2003, Paris

    • T. Zerm et al.: Learning Curve in the Transvenous Implantation of Multisite Pacing Devices – a Single Centre Experience, Europace 2003, Paris

    • Roussianos M, Schläpfer J, Graf D, Mischler C, Zerm T, Kappenberger L, Fromer M, Pruvot E: Prodromes in the investigation of unexplained syncope: fact or fantasy? Diagnostic yield of implantable loop recorder after a standardized work-up in patients with unexplained syncope, European Society of Cardiology Vienne 2003, Europace 2005; 7 (Suppl 1):208

    • Imnadze G, Zerm T.: Prevention of ventricular fibrillation through de-networking of the Purkinje system: Proof-of-Concept Paper on the Substrate Modification of the Purkinje Network. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2019 Oct;42(10):1285-1290. doi: 10.1111/pace.13782. Epub 2019 Sep 3.

    • T. Zerm: Mortality and Morbidity in CRT patients – New Treatment Opportunities for end Stage Heart Failure, Journées Européennes de la Société Française de Cardiologie 2003, Paris