Institute of Cardiology

Department of Heart Failure and Transplantology


Przemyslaw Leszek

We work as a clinical center of cardiology and cardiosurgery with the highest reference score.  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, arrhythmia and comprehensive cardiac care of patients with oncological disease. The procedures performed at the Institute include cardiosurgery and heart transplantation as well as all kind of imaging diagnostics.

We are also involved in research activity with the special attention on basic science. The main study subjects are related to heart failure, remodelling process, molecular biology and genetics (Calcium related proteins, Iron homeostasis, Natriuretic Peptides, Heart rhythm and arrhythmia, telomeres physiology and several others aspects). Also we focused on cardio-oncology (cardiotoxicity in oncology therapy, neuroendocrine tumors and relationship with heart diseases) subjects.


Heart failure with special attention to:

  • Myocardial expression of calcium handling protein (on mRNA / protein) in remodeled left ventricle due to volume overload / volume reduced conditions.
  • Myocardial iron load, homeostasis, erytropoietin expression in advanced heart failure and remodeled left ventricle
  • Myostatin a key regulator of heart metabolism and cardiomyocyte growth interacting tightly with insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) in the myocardium of end-stage heart failure
  • Natriuretic peptide, peptide receptors and clearance system in the myocardium of end-stage heart failure
  • Circular RNA in left ventricular dysfunction
  • Heart rate changes in heart failure (animal study)
  • The HER 2 signaling network in the human heart failure

Interested in collaborating on

As a clinical center of cardiology and cardiosurgery, we are involved in several international collaborations with regard to heart failure and other cardiology diseases. We are open to any research proposal, which is based on human subjects. We treat the full profile of cardiac diseases while also having experience in running projects involving basic science.

Selected publications on lncRNA

Myocardial Infarction-Associated Circular RNA Predicting Left Ventricular Dysfunction
Vausort M, Salgado-Somoza A, Zhang L, Leszek P, Scholz M, Teren A, Burkhardt R, Thiery J, Wagner DR, Devaux YJ Am Coll Cardiol. 2016, 68(11):1247-8.


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