Healthcare Belgium


University Hospital Brussels- UZ Brussel

Cardiovascular Centre

Information about the Centre

Since 2007, no fewer than 10 new physicians have joined the team, making the UZ Brussel Cardiovascular Centre Belgium's fastest-growing centre. Two new catheterisation labs were opened during the last year, one of them equipped with a unique system for magnetic navigation. The total number of beds in the Centre recently doubled and we now perform more than 2,000 coronary examinations and operations and about 1,000 electrophysiological procedures every year. On top of this, the Centre is the only training centre in Belgium accredited by the European Heart Rhythm Association for Electrophysiology Training.

The Centre has grown in all subspecialities of cardiology (interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, non-invasive cardiac imaging, heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation and more) and is not only a Centre of Excellence within the UZ Brussels but is also a nationally and internationally renowned reference centre. In 2007, the departments of Cardiology, Electrophysiology (Ritmology) and Cardiac Surgery were amalgamated into the Cardiovascular Centre Brussels. The increased cooperation between these departments ensures a systematic multidisciplinary approach, benefiting the patient.



  • Electrophysiologic Study (EPS) : 1,000 per year, 600 ablations. Number one in Belgium
  • Internal Defibrillators : 150 per year; Biventricular pacing 70 per year; Normal pacing 250 per year. Number one in Belgium
  • Percutaneous Coronary Interventions : 800 per year
  • CABG, Valve Surgery and Rhythm Surgery : 600 per year

Procedures Performed

Below you can find a short overview of the reference treatments at the Cardiovascular Centre. A detailed description of every procedure can be found at www.chvz.be.


  • Diagnostic Heart Catheterisation
  • Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (Stent Implantations)
  • Interventional Heart-Valve Therapy- Interventional Septal Defect Closures (PFO, ASD)
  • Myocardial Revascularisation after CTO (Chronic Total Occlusion)

Heart Rhythm Management Centre

  • Electrophysiological Studies
  • Radiofrequency Ablations and Atrial Fibrillation, (Supra-) Ventricular Tachycardias
  • Pacemaker and Internal Defibrillator Implantations
  • Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy

Cardiac Surgery

  • Cardiac pacing, Off-Pump Coronary Artery Surgery (Bypass Surgery)
  • Surgical Valve Repair and Valve Replacement
  • Heart-Rhythm Surgery

All these reference treatments are preceeded and supported by academic quality clinical examinations and excellent diagnostic divisions, such as the Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging division (echocardiography, CT-scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI) and the Vessel Lab (echo, DopplerÂ…).

The Medical Team

Guy Van Camp, MD, PhD: Head of the Cardiology Department
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Pedro Brugada, MD, PhD: Head of the Heart Rhythm Management Centre
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Danny Schoors, MD, PhD: Head of the Interventional Department
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Francis Wellens, MD, PhD: Head of the Cardiac Surgery Department
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Dr. JB Chierchia

Dr. E Creeten

Dr. D Demoor

Dr. C Doriaux

Dr. B Heyndrickx


Dr. D Kerkhove

Dr. A Sarkozy

Dr. B Scott

Dr. O Semeraro

Dr. C Weytjens

Contact Details

Centre for Heart and Vascular Diseases
Laarbeeklaan 101
1090 Brussels