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Inside this area you will find all the useful information that aims to make your stay at Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino more comfortable.


With the synergy of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardioestestists, the Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino can offers less invasive surgical techniques and the most up-to-date intervention procedures.

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News area

In this area you will find all the news and information about the initiatives promoted by Cardiocentro.

The miracles of minimally invasive surgery and great spirit


On 4th November 2018, William Keays reached the finishing line of New York’s marathon. He sent us the picture of that very moment, of that sunny day, that of his tangible happiness. On his race bib, William added the Cardiocentro logo and the writing “Performance enhanced by Cardiocentro. Thank you”.

Six months before William Keays was operated by Prof. Demertzis to repair a severely leaking mitral valve, which was carried out using mini-invasive techniques.

At Cardiocentro, the intervention of mitral valve repair has an above 95% successful repair rate and minimally invasive techniques are used in more than 80% of the total operations.
“In severe mitral regurgitation – says Prof. Demertzis – an early and mini-invasive surgical approach allows patients, especially when young and sporty, to go back almost right away to a perfectly normal life and to the pleasure of playing their favourite sport with no restrictions whatsoever.
With the picture, William Keays sent a note, assuring his heart surgeon that during the race “the weakest link was my legs, not my heart, which was idling at a leisurely 163 bpm average. By all accounts, it is an astonishing fact that I ran a brisk marathon so comfortably 6 months after open-heart surgery. Here can be no stronger endorsement for the exceptional work being done at CCT”.

Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino

Via Tesserete 48
CH-6900 Lugano

Contact and information

Cardiac Surgery Service Office

Ms. Chantal Zurfluh
Tel. +41 (0)91 805 31 44
Fax +41 (0)91 805 31 48



Prof. Dr. Stefanos Demertzis
Head of Cardiac Surgery Cardiac Surgery

Scientific Director