120/80 – der Herz-Kreislauf-Podcast

The DZHK podcast is available in German only.

120 over 80 is a healthy blood pressure. If the levels are higher, there is a risk of cardiovascular disease, which can also affect many other organs. Preventing this and better recognizing and treating cardiovascular diseases is the central concern of researchers at the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK).

In a conversation with press officer Christine Vollgraf, DZHK researchers reveal how they aim to achieve this goal. After all, despite great successes in recent decades, cardiovascular diseases are among the most common causes of death worldwide - including in Germany - and the trend is still rising.

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Podcast episode, 6/18/2021


A year and a half into the Corona pandemic, what do we know about how SARS-CoV-2 infection affects the heart? Can the heart be damaged in the long term? And how risky is the COVID-19 vaccination for young men? Christine Vollgraf, press officer of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), discusses study results with Prof. Dr. Dirk Westermann, deputy clinical director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Cardiology at the University Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf, and puts them into context. We recorded the podcast on June 11, 2021.

Podcast episode, 6/8/2021


In the Corona pandemic, researchers from a wide range of disciplines must quickly ask the right questions. Munich-based cardiologist Privatdozent Dr. Moritz Sinner is one of them. With his study, he wants to give Corona patients more security and help relieve the hospitals. At the center of his trial is a smartwatch. In an interview with Christine Vollgraf, Dr. Sinner describes the current situation in hospitals, explains which vital signs a smartwatch can measure at home, why people react so differently to an infection, that telemedicine has long been established in cardiology, why the often hindering data protection is ultimately a blessing for modern medicine and - for crime fiction fans - why it is not worth hacking a pacemaker.