Welcome to high-quality care at the Heart and Lung Center

The Helsinki University Hospital Heart and Lung Center is the leading center of heart, lung and esophageal diseases in Finland. The Heart and Lung Center treats patients in the specialist areas of pulmonary diseases, cardiology, cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery.

Every year, we provide over 60 000 outpatient or consultation statements and perform over 12 000 cardiac procedures, over 1 200 cardiac operations and over 1 000 operations on the thoracic cavity, including lung cancer surgery.

The field of pulmonary diseases involves the treatment of various diseases of the lungs, such as, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, rare pulmonary diseases and sleep apnoea. Our pulmonary specialists are in charge of diagnosing and planning the treatment of lung cancer patients.

We offer round-the-clock emergency services in all our specialist areas and monitor our quality of care, establishing that our results are good.

The patient can, together with the referring doctor, choose Helsinki University Hospital Heart and Lung Center as their treatment location for specialist medical care.

National services and international specialties of the Heart and Lung Center:

Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
  • GUCH – Grown Ups with Congenital Heart defects
  • TAVI procedures (Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Implantation)
  • Cardiac insufficiency, VADs, ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
  • Diagnostics of hereditary arrhythmia
  • Hereditary cardiomyopathies – diagnostics – tertiary level care
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair
  • Robot-assisted surgery of the mitral valve
  • Difficult pulmonary hypertension
  • Inserting mechanical circulatory support devices
  • Robot-assisted cardiac surgery: mitral valve plasties, trikuspid valve plasty, myxoma removals
  • PEA (pulmonary endarterectomy)
  • Heart transplants, lung transplants


Pulmonary Diseases and General Thoracic Surgery

  • Examination, treatment and follow-up of patients requiring a lung transplant
  • Examination and treatment of pulmonary hypertension
  • Diagnostics of lung cancer using the latest examination methods, individually planned medical treatment
  • Acute care and emergency services for pulmonary diseases
  • Examination and new medical treatments of diseases of the pulmonary tissue
  • Examination and treatment of respiratory disturbances during sleep and respiratory insufficiency, respiratory aids
  • Video-assisted pulmonary and esophageal surgery: removal of pulmonary lobes and bronchopulmonary segments due to cancer and benign diseases, lung volume reductions, trachea surgery, radical surgeries of esophageal cancer, surgical treatment of benign esophageal diseases, treatment of hiatus hernia, anti-reflux surgery
  • Radical mesothelioma surgery, which includes heated cytotoxic drug lavage of the thoracic cavity
  • Removal of tumors of the mediastinum, using a heart-lung machine if needed
  • Robot-assisted operations on the thoracic cavity: removal of pulmonary lobes, removal of tumors of the mediastinum, removal of the thymus (Myastenia gravis), surgical repair of achalasia
  • Palliative (symptom relieving) treatment of cancer diseases of the thoracic cavity and stent, laser treatments, etc.