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Department of Cardiology

History

The roots of the Department of Cardiology reach the year 1957, when the first hospital unit of cardiology in Lithuania, containing 40 beds, was opened in Kaunas Republican Clinical Hospital on the initiative of the late rector of Kaunas Medical Institute Professor Z.Januškevičius (the first chief of the cardiology unit was Professor A.Lukoševičiūtė). In 1977, the cardiac health care service was transferred to a new building, the project and construction of which were highly contributed by Professor J.Blužas. The Department of Cardiology at Kaunas Medical Academy was established after joining the First Department of Internal Medicine in 1989 (previous heads of the Department were Professors Z.Januškevičius and  A.Baubinienė) with the Second Department of Internal Medicine (Head of the Department  was Professor P.Šnipas). From 1991 to 2000, the Department of Cardiology was headed by Professor P.Zabiela. Since 2001, the Department has been headed by Professor R.Žaliūnas.

 

Study

In the Department of Cardiology, problem-based teaching has been started since 2010. A 400-hour module Cardiovascular Diseases and Adrenal Glandular Diseases lasts for 15 weeks. Fourth-year students gain knowledge of incidence, causes, pathogenesis, diagnosis, principles and methods of treatment, and prevention of commonly occurring heart disorders and adrenal glandular diseases, acquire practical skills in self-sufficient patient investigation; they can practice in the following fields: cardiology, cardiac surgery, clinical laboratory diagnostics, clinical biochemistry, radiology, rehabilitation and endocrinology. They have the possibility of extending their knowledge in Cardiology by choosing a 2-week elective course in the 4th and 6th academic years (2 credits). Students also obtain experience in research work by participating in the activities of the Section of Cardiology in the Student Scientific Association. Internal medicine residents have a 4-month training in the Department of Cardiology. Their theoretical knowledge is improved during 18 seminars. Their practical and academic skills are evaluated during a course credit test and later during a complex final examination in internal medicine. The training of residents in cardiology lasting 4 years has been provided in the Department since 1993. The cardiology fellowship programme is conducted according to U.E.M.S. and Core Curriculum in Cardiology, as it has been recommended by the European Society of Cardiology. Every year, 3-5 cardiologists accomplish the training and pursue further career at the University Hospital or tertiary health care centres in the Republic of Lithuania. The Department collaborates with the researchers from the Institute of Cardiology working in the Laboratories of Clinical Cardiology, Invasive Cardiology, Clinical Biochemistry and Automation of Cardiac Investigations, as well as with the professionals from the Department of Rehabilitation, and other departments at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. The Department of Cardiology takes part in all the stages of different clinical studies.

Internists have the possibility of continuing medical education in the Department of Cardiology since the autumn semester of 1993, whereas the cardiologists have obtained this possibility since the spring semester. Every year beginning from 1994, about 150 internists and cardiologists get certificates stating that they have completed a course of study in cardiology. Theoretical and practical aspects of cardiology are discussed at monthly conferences of the Kaunas Region Lithuanian Society of Cardiology and during the seminars organised 4 times a year by the Lithuanian Heart Association; professors and researchers of the Department take an active part in preparing educational programmes for these meetings. 

Scientific activities of the Department of Cardiology are directed towards introducing new diagnostic methods, management problems of coronary artery disease, arrhythmias and infective endocardites. Much attention is paid to the evaluation of the efficacy of new antiarrhythmic, anti-ischaemic and thrombolytic drugs. The most significant oral presentations have been made at international symposia in Kaunas and Vilnius as well as abroad in Estonia, Italy, Sweden, France, Germany etc. Clinical trial studies of amlodipine, azimilide, dofetilide, d-sotalol, carvedilol, lanoteplase, peghirudin, losartan, lotrafiban, perindopril, simvastatine, tedisamile, telmisartan, etc. were performed according to the Good Clinical Practice Standards of the European Community. 

The Department cooperates with the Department of Cardiology of Vilnius University Hospital. Joint articles are published in the issues of seminars organised by the Lithuanian Heart Association and in the Lithuanian medical journal Medicina. The specialists of the Department improve their knowledge and clinical skills in Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, France and the USA.

 

Research

The main subject of the scientific research carried out in the Department of Cardiology is “Assessment of the clinical value of risk factors, clinical and biochemical markers, changes in functional parameter of the heart, morphological (molecular and cellular) alterations of the myocardium, and correction between variants of genes, in prognostication of the course and outcomes of ischaemic heart disease in patients with acute ischaemic syndrome". In the Department of Cardiology, teachers and scientific researchers take an active part in the realisation of the following joint scientific research projects together with researchers working in the Institute of Cardiology at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, the Department of Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery, and researchers in the other departments.

A three-year (2004–2006) project “Development and implementation of the up-to-date teaching aids for cardiac ultrasound research studies” realised in accordance with a 2.5 measure of the single programming document (SPD) priority 2 (of the agreement No ESF/ 2004/2.5.0-03-412), in which the following developed teaching aids have been prepared on the base of digital technologies: a study book “Essentials of Echocardiography”, a textbook “Echocardiography in Clinical Practice” and compact discs - an atlas of echocardiographic images, a teaching digital database of echocardiographic images.

A four-year (2002 – 2005) project financed by the State and Studies Foundation (SSSF) ”Myocardial Remodelling Determinant“

A one-year (2007) project financed by the State and Studies Foundation (SSSF) “Studies of Vascular Stiffness for Diagnosis of Early Pathology”

A one-year (2009) project financedby the State and Studies Foundation (SSSF)“Morphogenesis of Thoracic Aorta Dilative Pathology: investigation of the expression of the renin-angiotensin system, and the transforming growth factor(TGF)-beta“.

A two-year (2009–2010) project financed by Kaunas University of Medical Science Foundation “Evaluation of the Rotation Movement of the Heart and Strain of the Walls in Children after Radiofrequency Ablation”

A two-year (09.2010-2011) project financed by the Research Council of Lithuania “Search for New Markers of Myocardial Dysfunction Diagnosis and Prognosis: the Value of the Indicators of Deformation”

A three-year (2012-2014) project financed by the Research Council of Lithuania “Pathology of the Ascending Aorta: Search for Molecular and Biomechanical Markers of Dilatation”

A three-year (2013-06.2015) project financed by the Research Council of Lithuania “Diagnostic Value of the Myocardial Deformation in the Assessment of Haemodynamic Value of the Coronary Artery Stenosis”

Every year, 1-2 doctoral students begin their studies in the Department of Cardiology. Besides, this clinical base is used for doctoral studies by researchers of the Institute of Behavioural Medicine in Palanga and the Department of Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery. Also, clinical resident doctors and students take part in the scientific research work performed by doctoral students. Every year, obligatory scientific research is being performed by 10-12 students in their fifth and sixth year.

 

Scientific collaboration of the Department of Cardiology

1. A joint Lithuanian, Latvian and Polish project in investigating rare heart diseases ”European Network for Orphan Heart Diseases”, financed by the Regional Operational Programme for Malopolska 2007-2013, Priority 8. Interregional cooperation

2. The registry of the European pregnant women with heart diseases ”EUROobservational Research Programme Registry Pregnancy in Patients with Structural Heart Disease", financed by the European Cardiological Society, realised from April 2011.

3. ”Heart failure Registry of the EUROobservation Research Programme“, financed by the European Cardiological Society, realised from May 2011.

4. International Survey on Acute Coronary Syndromes in Transitional Countries (ISACS-TC), 2010.

Contacts

Main contacts

Department of Cardiology, Medical Academy, Faculty of Medicine
Lithuanian university of health sciences
Eivenių Str. 2, Kaunas 50009, Lithuania
Tel. +370 37 32 64 49, fax. +370 37 33 13 95
E-mail: kardiologijos.klinika@kaunoklinikos.lt

Head of the Department of Cardiology: Professor Remigijus Žaliūnas, MD, PhD, Habil. Dr.

Telephone No. +370  37 32 64 49
E-mail: remigijus.zaliunas@kaunoklinikos.lt

Room No. 233

CONTACTS

Bakšytė Giedrė, MD, PhD (on maternity leave)
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 64 62
E-mail: giedre.baksyte@kaunoklinikos.lt

Ereminienė Eglė, MD, PhD
Professor
Telephone No. +370 37 32 61 49
E-mail: egle.ereminiene@lsmuni.lt

Gustienė Olivija, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 63 83
E-mail: olivija.gustiene@kaunoklinikos.lt

Jankauskienė Loreta, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 6335
E-mail: jankauskiene.loreta@gmail.com

Jankauskienė Edita, MD, PhD

Telephone No. +370 37 32 64 49

E-mail: edita.jankauskiene@lsmuni.lt

Jaruševičius Gediminas, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 69 04
E-mail: gedijaru@yahoo.com

Jonkaitienė Regina, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 69 76
E-mail: regina.jonkaitiene@lsmuni.lt

Jurkevičius Renaldas, MD, PhD, Habil. Dr.
Professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 61 80
E-mail: renaldas.jurkevicius@lsmuni.lt

Kavoliūnienė Aušra, MD, PhD
Professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 69 13
E-mail: ausra.kavoliuniene@lsmuni.lt

Kazakevičius Tomas, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 67 06
E-mail: tomas.kazakevicius@lsmuni.lt

Mizarienė Vaida, MD, PhD

Lector
Telephone No. +370  37 32 63 49
E-mail: vaida.mizariene@lsmuni.lt

Diana Žaliaduonytė – Pekšienė, MD, PhD

Lector
Telephone No. +370  37 32 69 48
E-mail: diana.peksiene@kaunoklinikos.lt

Pentiokinienė Daiva, MD, PhD

Lector
Telephone No. +370  37 32 68 67
E-mail: daiva.pentiokiniene@kaunoklinikos.lt

 

Plisienė Jurgita, MD, PhD

Assoc. professor

Telephone No. +370 32 69 52

E-mail: jurgita.plisiene@lsmuni.lt

Puodžiukynas Aras, MD, PhD
Professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 61 26
E-mail: aras.puodziukynas@lsmuni.lt


Šakalytė Gintarė, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 67 07
E-mail: gsakalyte@yahoo.com

Šlapikas Rimvydas, MD, PhD
Professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 69 52
E-mail: rimvydas.slapikas@kaunoklinikos.lt

Stoškutė Neris, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 65 47
E-mail: neris.stoskute@lsmuni.lt

Unikas  Ramūnas, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 60 94
E-mail: ramunas.unikas@kaunoklinikos.lt

Vaškelytė Jolanta Justina, MD, PhD, Habil. Dr.
Professor
Telephone No. +370  37 32 45 57
E-mail: jolanta.vaskelyte@lsmuni.lt

Zabiela Vytautas, MD, PhD
Assoc. professor
Telephone No. +370 37 32 67 06
E-mail: vytautas.zabiela@kaunoklinikos.lt

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

Bezgėlaitė Lina
Administrator (on maternity leave)
Telephone No. +370  37 32 63 06
E-mail: lina.bezgelaite@lsmuni.lt
Room No.1

Čiužauskienė Indrė
Study administrator
Telephone No. +370  37 32 63 06
E-mail: indre.pauliukeviciute@lsmuni.lt
Room No. 1

Leščiukaitienė Daiva
Study administrator (on maternity leave)
Telephone No. +370  37 32 63 06
E-mail: daiva.pauliukaite@lsmuni.lt
Room No. 1

Naudžienė Kristina
Administrator
Telephone No. +370  37 32 64 49
E-mail: kardiologijos.klinika@kaunoklinikos.lt
Room No. 233

Tumosaitė Reda

Administrator

Telephone No.+370 37 32 63 06

E-mail: reda.tumosaite@lsmuni.lt

Room No. 1