Stratos Konstantinos

Stratos Konstantinos Cardiologist

Director, 1st Cardiology Clinic

Education & Academic Qualifications

  • Graduate of School of Medicine, National University of Athens (1977).
  • Training in internal medicine (1982-1983).
  • Specialty in cardiology – Cardiology Dept., School of Medicine, National University of Athens (1984-1987).
  • Training in interventional cardiology – Cardiology Dept., School of Medicine, National University of Athens (1987-1988).
  • PFO and ASD closure – Swiss Cardiovascular Center Bern, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland (2009).

PhD/Thesis

  • MD thesis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1993).
    (National Archive of PhD theses: http://phdtheses.ekt.gr/eadd/handle/10442/5054)
    Konstantinos Stratos (1986, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

  • Title: Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) using a new guiding catheter – a clinical study.

Society Member, Board Member

  • 1980: Member of the Medical Association of Athens.

  • 1980: Member of the Panhellenic Medical Association.

  • 1987: Member of the Hellenic Cardiological Society (HCS).

  • 1998: Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC).

  • 2006: Founding member of the Working Group on Acute Coronary Syndromes and Intensive Care of the HCS.

  • President of the Working Group on Acute Coronary Syndromes and Intensive Care of the HCS (2006-2008).

  • Member of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI).

  • Member of the Working Group on Heart Failure of the HCS.

  • Member of the Working Group on Hemodynamics and Interventional Cardiology of the HCS.

Professional Experience

  • 1981 – 1982 Doctor on call, Internal Medicine Department, Blue Cross Clinic.   

  • 1982 – 1983 Trainee physician, specialty training in internal medicine – Respiratory Failure Center, SOTIRIA General Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases of Athens.

  • 1983 – 1984 Doctor on call, Internal Medicine Department, Blue Cross Clinic.

  • 1984 – 1987 Trainee in cardiology, specialty training in cardiology – Cardiology Department, School of Medicine, National University of Athens, Hippokration Hospital, Athens.

  • 1987 – 1988 Specialized training in interventional cardiology and research physician – Cardiology Department, School of Medicine, National University of Athens, Hippokration Hospital, Athens.

  • 1988 – 2000 Senior cardiologist; chief and then director, Coronary Intensive Care Unit; staff member of the interventional cardiologists of the catheterization laboratory; co-head of the catheterization laboratory; in charge and coordinator of educational programs; research physician, full member of the research programs of the Cardiology Department – Cardiology Department, School of Medicine, National University of Athens, Hippokration Hospital.

  • 2000 – 2011 Deputy director, Cardiology Department; head, Hemodynamic Laboratory – Cardiology Department, Henry Dunant Hospital, Athens.

  • 2011 – to date Director – Cardiology Department, Mitera Hospital, Hygeia Group, Athens.

    Consultant in Interventional Cardiologist at Hygeia Hospital, Athens.

Expert in

  • Management of coronary artery disease.

  • Management of acute myocardial infarction.

  • Coronary angiography.

  • Percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PCI).

  • Radial access as primary choice for coronary angiography and PCI.

  • Transseptal catheterization.

  • Retrograde, non-transseptal percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty.

  • Antegrade, transseptal percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty.

  • Aortic valvuloplasty.

  • Pulmonary valve valvuloplasty.

  • Pericardiocentesis.

  • Percutaneous myocardial biopsy.

  • Retrieval of intravascular and intracardiac iatrogenic foreign bodies using nonsurgical techniques.

Education Experience

  • Education of students of the school of medicine, members of nursing staff, and trainee cardiologists at Cardiology Department, School of Medicine, National University of Athens, Hippokration Hospital, Athens (1987-2000).

  • In charge and coordinator of educational programs of the Cardiology Department, School of Medicine, National University of Athens, Hippokration Hospital, Athens (1993-2000).

  • More than 180 presentations and lectures both in Greek and international scientific conferences, seminars and training activities.

  • More than 70 participations as member of panel discussion or as president or moderator in formal scientific presentations or round tables.

  • Lectures in the yearly specialized teaching sessions of postgraduate training of the Cardiology Clinic of University of Athens.

  • Writing chapters in 27 scientific books relating to cardiology.

  • Proctor for transcatheter mitral valvuloplasty.

  • Presentation of and conducting retrograde mitral valvuloplasty technique at the Department of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India, and at Tenon Hospital, Paris, France.

  • Conducting live demonstrations of the retrograde mitral valvuloplasty technique in many congresses of interventional cardiology.

  • Performance of the retrograde mitral valvuloplasty technique at the Institut Cardiovasculaire Paris Sud, Massy, France, for live presentation in the Complex Coronary Angioplasty Course and International Course of Peripheral Vascular Ιntervention (today PCR), Paris, France; 1999, May 18-21.

  • Supervision in performing a novel variant of balloon mitral valvuloplasty.

Clinical and Research Interest

  • Development and application of new catheter systems:

    • Multipurpose steerable cardiac catheter for left side cardiac catheterization (J Invasive Cardiol 1993;5:358-64).

    • Steerable cardiac catheter for coronary angioplasty (Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1989;18:187-190).

    • Steerable balloon-tipped catheter for temporary cardiac pacing (Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1990;21:198-202).

    • Steerable cardiac catheter for retrograde left atrial catheterization (Am Heart J 1990;119:375-380, Am J Cardiol 1990;65:650-654, Circulation 1992;85:1760-1767).

    • Steerable temporary stent-catheter (Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1996;37:89-98).

    • Special device (air-filled ring) for measurement of aortic elastic properties (Cardiovasc Res 1993;27:951-56, Circulation 1995;91:2669-2678).

    • Special catheter for determination of pressure – diameter relationship in human aorta (Circulation 1995;92:2210-2219, Circulation 1997;95:31-38)

  • Elastic properties of aorta and pathophysiology of cardiovascular system (Eur Heart J 1990;11:990-996, Am J Med 1992;93:505-12, Cardiovasc Res 1993;27:951-56, Acta Cardiologica 1993;98:221-3, Chest 1994;105:1017-23, Circulation 1995;91:2669-2678, Circulation 1995;92:2210-2219, Circulation 1997;95:31-38).

  • Percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty:

    • Development and clinical application of the retrograde technique (American Heart J 1990;119:375-380, Am J Cardiol 1990;65:650-654, Circulation 1992;85:1760-1767, Indian Heart J 1993;45:459-62, Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1994;33:224-233, Eur Heart J 1997;18:455-463, J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;32:159-168, J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;32:1009-1016, J Interv Cardiol 2000;13:269-280, Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2000;51: 101-106, J Am Coll Cardiol 2001;37:2170-2214; Topol EJ [ed]: Textbook of interventional cardiology, 2nd edition. W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, USA, 1994).

    • Development and clinical application of a novel variant of the antegrade, transseptal balloon mitral valvuloplasty (Int J Cardiol 2015;191:294-295, Hellenic J Cardiol 2015;56:262-265).

  • Left atrial function (XXVIIth Congress of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association—European Renal Association, September 5-8, 1990. Vienna, Austria. Book of abstracts, p 169; Eur Heart J 1995;16:264, J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;31:426-436, J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;32: 159-168, Eur Heart J 2000;2[Suppl K]:K38-K47).

  • Vascular stents (Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1996;37:89-98, Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1996;38:159-170, J Am Col Cardiol 1996;28:1039-46, Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1997;40:217-222, Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 1998;43:318-321, Am Heart J 2000;139:437-445, J Invasive Cardiol 2000 Jan;12(1):7-12, Stent 2001;3:70-73–Leading Article).

  • Atherosclerosis and atherosclerotic plaque (J Am Coll Cardiol 2001;37:1277-83).

  • Myocardial infarction (The European Myocardial Infarction Project Group, N Engl J Med 1993;329:383-389. The European Myocardial Infarction Project Group, Eur Heart J 1996;17:213-221).

Recent Publications

  • K. Stratos, K. Toutouzas, A. Synetos, et al. Percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty refined: Use of a novel modified antegrade approach. Hellenic J Cardiol 2015;56:262-265.

  • M. Vavuranakis, C. Stratos, K. Kalogeras, et al. An alternative method of percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty. Matching electrophysiology with interventional cardiology techniques. Int J Cardiol 2015;191:294-295.