About the Institute

The Institute of Cardiology is the main Polish clinical center of cardiology and cardiosurgery with the highest reference score. Being a dynamically developing academic and research center, it plays an important role in postgraduate training and education in cardiology.

For years, the Institute has been in the forefront of best Polish institutions of that type. Very high quality and availability of highly specialized medical procedures contributes directly to this achievement.

The clinical activity in the Institute focuses on interventional treatment of acute coronary syndromes, diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease and cardiac insufficiency as well as acquired and congenital heart defects. The clinical activity also includes diagnosing and treating arterial hypertension and arrhythmia. The procedures performed at the Institute include cardiosurgery and heart transplantation as well as imaging diagnostics.

During the 35 years of its existence, the Institute has contributed to the development of Polish cardiology and cardiosurgery by initiating and propagating numerous new methods of treatment and also by educating and training specialists in cardiology. Of particular importance is the role played by the Institute as the country pioneer in introducing and propagating new methods of cardiac diagnosis and treatment. All main innovative interventional methods of non-surgical cardiac therapy now used in Poland have been introduced by the Institute of Cardiology specialists.


The Institute of Cardiology is the dominating cardiology center in the region. In some fields of cardiology and cardiosurgery, it is virtually the only center performing highly specialized life-saving procedures in cardiac patients 24 hours a day.

The Institute provides 24 hour/7 days a week readiness to treat emergency patients in the region who need either cardiac or cardiosurgical interventions. These range from interventional treatment of arrhythmia to aortic aneurysm surgery and heart transplantations.

The yearly activity of the Institute looks as follows:

  • over 15900 patients hospitalized,
  • over 2100 surgeries,
  • over 62300 out-patients,
  • over 7200 procedures performed by the hemodynamic lab,
  • over 29200 imaging examinations done by the Radiology Department,
  • over 2200 procedures performed by the Clinical Electrophysiology Lab.


The Institute is deeply involved in the health promotion activities. IC participates in programs monitoring hospital in-bred mortality and morbidity rates, and the cardiovascular disease-induced mortality observed in Polish population. It cooperates with other relevant institutions in postgraduate educational programs in the field of cardiology