1. Coronary Artery Team

Our coronary artery team is one of five professional departments that have embracedadisease-centered approach to medical care. We offerone-stop service, ensuring our patients receive prompt and convenient care.Our coronary artery disease team consists of nine interventional cardiologists, three surgeons and 100 medical staff members who are trained todiagnose a range of heart diseases, including angina, unstable angina and myocardial infarction.

2. Arrhythmia Team

SMC’sArrhythmia Team specializes in the examination and treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, anabnormality in the rhythm of the heartbeat. In addition, the Arrhythmia Team provides accurate diagnosis and treatment even for patients with syncope of unknown etiology by inserting animplantable cardiac event recorder.Our specialized clinic provides systematic health management even after patientsare treated with artificial pacemakers and other medical devices. We offercustom-tailoredtreatmentdelivered by medical professionalswho have passed the International Board of Heart Rhythm Exam.

3. Valve Team

The Valve Teamdiagnosesa range ofvalvular diseasesusing transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and cardiac catheterization, allowing us to make the right treatment decisions based on the particular condition of the patient. We also perform interventional procedures such as the percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty and surgical procedures such as valvular reconstruction and prosthetic valve replacement.

4. Congenital Heart Disease Team

A board-certified pediatric cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, cardiac radiologist, cardiac anesthesiologist, cardiac pathologist, specialized nurses and engineers specialized in heart diseases collaborate with other experts to provide ideal treatment forpatients with congenital heart diseases.

5. Heart Failure/Transplantation Team

Our team provides systemic management of patients with heart failure to ensurepatients receive the right treatment at the right time. We have all conventional surgical options such as coronaryartery bypass, valve repair and replacement, ventricularaneurysm repair and so on. Furthermore, our team has been implanted durable left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in patients who are not able to have heart transplantation or waiting for heart transplantation. We have a lot of experiences of heart transplantation. Our dedicated team approach will offer the best medical and surgical options in advanced heart failure patients.

6. Ventricular Arrhythmia Clinic

The Ventricular Arrhythmia Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias that arise from the left and right ventricles. Unlike atrial arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias can cause sudden cardiac deaths, sobothaccurate diagnosis and effective treatment areessential. Our hospital is the first in Korea to maintain a specialized clinic to treatboth patients with ventricular arrhythmias and patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death.

Diagnostic tests

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Holter electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Seven-day event recording electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Exercise electrocardiography
  • Head-up tilt test
  • Cardiac electrophysiology (most accurate test for the final diagnosis of arrhythmias)
  • Test of artificial pacemaker

Latest treatment methods

  • Radio Frequency Catheter Ablation (3D imaging equipment)
  • Artificial pacemaker
  • Cardiac resynchronization implantation
  • Direct current cardioversion
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion (patients with atrial fibrillation)

Other Resources

Hearti is an Internet site launched to help patients and families with congenital heart diseases share information,opinions and experiences. The congenital heart team of theHeart Vascular Stroke Instituteparticipates in Hearti to help provide hopeto other sufferers even if they aren’t our patients.

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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.

Patients’Responsibilities

1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.