Heart failure & device therapy

Heart failure and device therapy

Our team offers comprehensive and highly specialized care of seriously ill heart failure patients with the aim of achieving a good quality of life at home and at work.

Your benefits range from receiving a cardiac device such as a pacemaker or defibrillator to receiving cardiac resynchronization treatment (CRT) or implantation of an artificial heart (LVAD – left ventricular assist device). In 2018, the Albertinen Heart and Vascular Center located at the Albertinen Hospital was certified as Hamburg's first "National Heart Failure Unit Center". 


  • Heart failure
  • Arrhythmia
  • Aftercare


  • Spiroergometry
  • Sleep apnea measurements
  • Long-term ECG / Long-term blood pressure
  • Echocardiography
  • Myocardial biopsy
  • Cardiac MRI

Surgical methods

  • Pacemaker implantation: 1-chamber, 2-chamber, 3-chamber (CRT), wireless pacemaker ("leadless" pacer)
  • Defibrillator implantation: 1-chamber, 2-chamber, 3-chamber (CRT), subcutaneous defibrillator (S-ICD)
  • Electrode extraction (excimer laser)
  • Event recorder implantation
  • Breathing pacemaker
  • Baroreceptor stimulation
  • Cardiac contraction modulation (CCM)

Prof. Herbert Nägele, M.D.

Head of National Heart Failure Unit Center

Prof. Herbert Nägele, M.D.


  • Prof. Herbert Nägele, M.D. has been Head of the Department of Heart Failure and Device Therapy, Albertinen Cardiovascular Center, since 2014. As a specialist in internal medicine, he received his doctorate in cardiology and trained in cardiovascular preventive medicine. In addition, he trained in the areas of heart failure and special rhythmology – active implants. A personal authorization of the health insurance association entitles him to care for heart failure and heart transplant patients.

  • My working motto: "Comprehensive and easily accessible care"

  • born in Hessigheim am Neckar, married, three children

  • Head, Department of Heart Failure & Device Therapy, Albertinen Hospital

  • Special Professorship pursuant to section 17, University of Hamburg

  • Chief Senior Physician, Krankenhaus Reinbek St.-Adolfstift

  • Senior Physician and Assistant Physician in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

  • Habilitation (post-doctoral qualification for a teaching career in higher education) and Venia legendi award in Internal Medicine

  • Sports Medicine

  • Rescue Medicine

  • Specialist in Cardiology

  • Specialist in Internal Medicine

  • Doctoral dissertation

  • License to practice medicine

  • Physician examination

  • Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS) / State medical licensing examination in USA

  • Medical studies, University of Hamburg


  • Certifications

    • 2018: Additional qualification: Heart Failure
    • 2014: Additional qualification: Special Rhythmology – Active Implants (German Cardiac Society)
    • 2009: Cardiovascular Preventive Medicine
    • 2000 Personal authorization of the Physician Association of Hamburg (KV Hamburg) to care for heart failure and heart transplant patients
  • Selected publications

    • H. Nägele, J. Lipoldová, H. Oswald, G. Klein, A. Elvan, E. Vester, W. Bauer, H. Bondke, S. Reif, C. Daub, F. Menzel, J. Schrader, G. Zach (2015) Home monitoring of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: interpretation reliability of the second-generation "IEGM Online" system. Europace 2015
    • H. Nägele, S. Behrens, C. Eisermann (2008) Cardiac contractility modulation in non-responders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (61x zitiert). Europace. Epub 2008 Sep 5. 10: 12. 1375-1380 Dec.
    • H. Nägele, M. Azizi, M. A. Castel (2007) Hemodynamic changes during cardiac resynchronization therapy. (3x zitiert) Clin Cardiol 30: 3. 141-143 Mar.
    • H. Nägele, M. Azizi, S. Hashagen, M. A. Castel, S. Behrens (2007) First experience with a new active fixation coronary sinus lead (54x zitiert) Europace 9: 6. 437-441 Jun.
    • H. Nägele, M. A. Castel, O. Deutsch, FM. Wagner, H. Reichenspurner (2004)
    • Heart transplantation in a patient with multiple sclerosis and mitoxantrone-induces cardiomyopathy (5x zitiert) Heart Lung Transplant 23: 5. 641-643 May
    • H. Nägele, M. Ismail, W. Rödiger (2001) Excimer laser extraction of pacemaker and defibrillator leads (8x zitiert) Z Kardiol 90: 8. 550-556 Aug.
    • H. Nägele, M. Bohlmann, U. Eck, B. Petersen, W. Rödiger (2000) Combination therapy with carvedilol and amiodarone in patients with severe heart failure (45x zitiert) Eur J Heart Fail 2: 1. 71-79 Mar.
    • H. Nägele, M. Bahlo, R. Klapdor, D. Schaeperkoetter, W. Rödiger (1999) CA 125 and its relation to cardiac function (191x zitiert) Am Heart J 137: 6. 1044-1049 Jun.
    • H. Nägele, W. Rödiger (1999) Sudden death and tailored medical therapy in elective candidates for heart transplantation (42x zitiert) J Heart Lung Transplant 18: 9. 869-876 Sep.

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