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Cooperation renewal for Mediterraneo Hospital and Ethniki Hellenic Insurance

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Glyfada, 19/10/2017

The multi – annual cooperation between Mediterraneo Hospital and Ethniki Hellenic Insurance continues and is being upgraded in 2017, while giving the two parties the opportunity to further renew this important agreement.
The renewal of this strategic partnership ensures that all beneficiaries of Ethniki Hellenic Insurance individual or group contracts will be provided with high quality health services.

Mediterraneo Hospital is the first facility in Greece to receive the BS EN 15224 quality certification by an accredited body, which covers a wide range of medical, diagnostic and therapeutic levels. Our hospital is staffed by selected medical teams, has high quality medical technology and state-of-the-art equipment.

Protect your Heart Now!

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World Heart Day – PRESS RELEASE


Protect your Heart Now!


Modern cardiology and cardiac surgery have considerably progressed in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Unfortunately, statistics show, that this remains the first cause of death in the Western world where 1 heart attack occurs every 4-5 seconds.

In Greece 20.000 myocardial heart attacks occur per year of which 1 in 4 do not make it to the hospital. What are we missing and what are we doing wrong?

Prevention is the answer and this should be our motto for today’s World Heart Day.

Cardiovascular disease does not just happen.

It builds up through the years from risk factors that we often overlook or don’t recognize. Smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, high cholesterol and diabetes are vital. These symptoms take effect gradually and are often detected after the first cardiovascular incident. 

Measures of prevention:              

  • Quit smoking. Smokers actually  live 13-14 years less than the non-smokers.              
  • Mobilize yourself – get up from your chair. 60 minutes of intense physical exercise per week, reduces incidents of cardiovascular disease by 30%.·
  • Control your weight.              
  • Regulate your blood pressure.
  • Keep on normal levels your cholesterol and diabetes with the guidance of your doctor.

Even if we believe we are in a low-risk factor group for cardiovascular disease, the best prevention is visiting a Specialized Cardiologist.

The first Australian patient at Mediterraneo Hospital for the ORAYA treatment!

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Mr. Barry Allen R. is the first Australian patient who travelled to Greece just to visit Mediterraneo Hospital and receive stereotactic therapy for treatment of wet macular degeneration; a therapy that is offered only in Mediterraneo Hospital and selected centers in Switzerland, Germany and Great Britain.
The pictures of the admission and treatment are published with the consent of the patient and his accompanying person.

A pioneer medical team and a grateful patient!

Weight loss: Is there a magic solution for it?

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Nutrition Department of Mediterraneo Hospital

The focus here is on the bottle and label (created by me). This weight loss concept provides plenty of room for your message.

In the recent years, nutrition has been increasingly drawing scientific interest. Admittedly, should one enter a popular internet search engine, the terms “diet”, “weight loss” etc. will generate thousands of results. However, some of these results may not be scientifically documented and they may be associated with various health risks.
Undoubtedly, the ways to lose weight, providing fast and spectacular results, always draw people’s attention. Within that frame, “magic” pills and “forbidden” foods have emerged, being presented as the only solution for the treatment of overweight and obesity. But where does the truth lie?
As far as the ”forbidden” foods are concerned, food intolerance tests have been recently available, indicating which foods are fattening or block one’s metabolism. Afterwards, it is recommended that the person should remove these foods from his daily diet for a short or a long period of time. There is no documented scientific study available, showing that there are foods affecting metabolism or being associated with weight loss or weight gain respectively. Weight loss and weight gain are solely due to the energy balance, namely the relationship between “energy in” (food calories taken into the body through food and drink) and “energy out” (calories being used in the body for our daily energy requirements and physical activities).  Intolerance is a condition in which the body is unable to digest one or several food components, causing various symptoms, that are not associated with weight gain. The two most frequently occurring kinds of intolerance is gluten intolerence (celiac disease) and lactose intolerance, being both diagnosed with specialized tests that are not carried out at fitness centers or private practice.
Many people have been subjected to these tests and seem to have lost weight, which is absolutely reasonable, since they exclude foods from their diet, meaning that they consequently reduce their caloric intake. Unfortunately, when the exclusion of some food groups from one’s diet lasts for a long period of time, it can cause significant deficiencies in nutrients, being essential for the proper body function.
According to the Hellenic Dietetic Association, no intolerence test is an effective way to reduce body weight.
Apart from intolerance tests, numerous dietary supplements are also available, promising big weight loss, mainly by reducing appetite or by causing malabsorption of ceratin nutrients, such as fat. Most of them have been studied in the literature. The majority of studies conclude that there are insufficient data supporting their success in weight loss and further investigation is needed. Their results are short-term, and it is not clear if some of them are associated with adverse effects on health.
To sum up, nothing can substitute a balanced diet. There are not good and bad foods or magic ways to lose weight. A variety of foods should be consumed along with moderate levels of physical activity, which not only ensure a healthy weight and fat mass loss, but also a successful weight maintenance or loss.


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Osteoporosis is one of many medical issues in the recent years that concern the whole civilized world. It is defined as the decrease of the bone mineral density that affects the structure of the bone and increases the risk of spontaneous fracture. Osteopenia is the asymptomatic condition where there are no fractures involved.

It is known that at least 33% of women will suffer of low bone density mineral after the age of 48 due to menopause, while 20% of men will  sustain one or more fractures after the age of 50 due to poor bone quality.

Major risk factors to develop osteoporosis are considered family history, small body frame, unbalanced diet with low amount of calcium and vitamin D, excessive alcohol and cigarette smoking use, high caffeine intake, inactive lifestyle, hormone imbalances due to thyroid or menstruation problems, long term therapy with glucocorticoids, anticoagulants, anti-seizure medications, contraceptives, anti-inflammatories, antineoplastic and PPI medications.

Awareness and prevention is the best strategy against osteoporosis. Although some risk factors cannot be changed there are several that can be reduced or even eliminated in order to prevent osteoporosis. Adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, proper exercising and specific anti-osteoporotic medications can increase the bone quality. Osteopenia can and must be treated before it is developed to osteoporosis.

Early diagnosis along with proper treatment by a Specialized Physician can contribute to a controlled progress of the disease without complications.

The Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease Department of Mediterraneo Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Constantinos Tsevdos M.D., M.Sc., provide the latest knowledge and techniques regarding prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis as well as other metabolic bone diseases.


To request an appointment at the Osteoporosis & Metabolic Bone Disease Department call at +30 210 911 7000


Donation to the 8th District Fire Department Station in Elliniko

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On Wednesday, 18/10/2016, Mediterraneo Hospital visited the 8th District Fire Department Station in Elliniko and donated first aid kits complete with all the necessary medical/pharmaceutical supplies for the station and fire trucks.

This is one of many significant initiatives of the Corporate Social Responsibility of Mediterraneo Hospital, as well as recognition of services that the Fire Department provides to our community.

A novel cardiac operation by the Mediterraneo Hospital “Heart Team””

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TAVIA few days ago a transapical aortic valve implantation (TAVI) was performed with absolute success -and for the first time in Greece- using the SYMETIS transcatheter aortic valve at Mediterraneo Hospital. Minimal access technique with a small surgical incision was used. The operation was performed on an octogenarian male who had previously been operated on with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting by the same team 13 years ago.

Decision to proceed with the transapical approach was dictated by the multiple comorbidities (pulmonary disease, peripheral vascular disease), old age, previous successful operation and the lack of peripheral vascular access (which would enable the more conservative percutaneous transcatheter implantation).

The successful operation was performed at the Hybrid Operating Theater of Mediterraneo Hospital which is a combination of a Cardiac Surgery Operating Theater and a fully equipped Interventional Cardiology Laboratory. Dr. Matthew Panagiotou, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Director of Cardiac Surgery Department and Dr. Athanasios Magginas, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Director of Cardiology Department and their respective teams made the procedure possible.

After the successful procedure, Mediterraneo Hospital belongs to an international group of hospitals with an increasing experience, being able to offer the full range of surgical and interventional options for the treatment of aortic valve disease.

Delivery of medicines and medical supplies to the Social Pharmacy of the Elliniko – Argyroupolis Municipality

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Glyfada, 17/02/16

There was a great response of Mediterraneo Hospital staff to the call for medicines concentration for the Social Pharmacy of the Elliniko – Argyroupolis Municipality. We have all sent a powerful message of solidarity. Medicines and medical supplies were delivered on Wednesday, 17th February at the Social Service facilities of the Municipality and will be available to our uninsured and financially weak fellow citizens.

Rehabilitation of Neurological Conditions and Lesions of the Central Nervous System

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PHYSIO1Physiotherapy plays an important role in the rehabilitation of neurological conditions and illnesses of the Central Nervous System. Among the neurological conditions that can be treated are multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, while protocols for the rehabilitation of craniocerebral and hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke can be applied.

The physiotherapy unit, by approaching each case individually and holistically, takes on the task of rehabilitating the patient, in collaboration with other units within our hospital, the doctors, the surgeons, the nutritionists, and the psychologists.

Before the application of the program, the medical history of the patient is taken down and their present condition, along with the medical data from other departments and the desired objectives, are all evaluated together.

First, the correct and uninhibited breathing and correct posture of the body are ensured; then, the physiotherapeutic rehabilitation begins, even from the first hours after surgery, employing kinesiotherapy and special techniques which correspond to each condition. When it is deemed necessary, technical equipment is employed, as well as electrotherapy, orthotic inserts and mobilization structures.

In short, the following could be noted regarding the rehabilitation plan:
•Correct functional breathing (specially designed movements in order to unfold the lungs, expectoration, uninhibited functional breathing through suction of the bronchial excretions).
•Correct body posture of the patient (by avoiding contraction of the muscles and the tendons, by avoiding the need for leg rests and footstools, and by avoiding eccentric contractures)
•Maintenance or even improvement of the spectrum of the movements of the joints (distensions, structures of immobilization and support)
•Suppression and prevention of various pathological reflexes, wherever these occur, which in turn may lead to a bad posture of the body of the patient, contractures, flexural or extensive patterns.
•Muscular strengthening
•Proprioception exercises, which means specialized techniques for the improvement of the neuromuscular interlocking, aiming at making the muscular system ‘smarter’ so that it can react faster and more accurately, in order to prevent lesions of the muscular-tendon and the joints.
•Improvement of balance
•Retraining in gait, which means an effort to restore the gait to the most normal pace possible, by eliminating pathological patterns or by training the patient to use the appropriate aid correctly.
•Guidelines and list of exercises for the post-operation time period after hospitalization (daily personalized training program for each patient)
•Reintegration in the social and working environment: In collaboration with the other hospital departments, the patient is trained at their living and working space, according to the new standards of their mobility situation, adapting the environment around them in such a way, that the most comfortable way of living is secured.

The Department of Physiotherapy at Mediterraneo Hospital is always close to the patient, both during their rehabilitation, as well as after it, and is always in contact with them for any question or guidance on new rehabilitation techniques.

The constant updating and training of the Department’s staff contributes to the specialized support, in accordance with current international scientific standards.

Orthopedic Conditions and Athletic Injuries

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The participation of people in various athletic activities has increased significantly during the last decades. The majority of the athletic lesions are connected with the musculoskeletal and nervous system, while other systems participate to a great extent as well.

During the past few years, the efforts of the scientists of all the specialties that are involved in the restoration of the orthopedic lesions or injuries have been intensified and new surgical techniques and methods, as well as new restoration protocols for the faster and safer return of the patient to levels before the injury, are being proposed. The most common injuries are divided mainly into three general categories:

  • Metabolic diseases (osteoporosis)
  • Degenerative arthropathies (primary – secondary osteoarthritis)
  • Athletic lesions (rupture of the ligaments and the tendons, fractures etc)

The physiotherapy unit at Mediterraneo Hospital is close to the patient or the athlete from the first hours after the surgery, so that it can aid in the primary mobilization of the upper and lower limb, with the aim of avoiding muscular atrophies and limiting the deficits in the spectrum of muscle movements.

This is achieved through the excellent scientific training of the physiotherapy unit, always in collaboration with the orthopedic surgeon, but also through the modern physiotherapeutic equipment that we have (CPM, TENS, electro-muscular stimulation).

We rely on modern protocols of rehabilitation aiming at:

  • Muscular strengthening (specialized exercises for each patient)
  • Improvement of the spectrum of movements of the joints (distensions)
  • Re-education in gait (with the aid of the appropriate auxiliary gait medium)
  • Balance Improvement (specialized exercises of proprioception)
  • Guidelines and specialized list of exercises for the post-operational period of time after hospitalization.

The Physiotherapy Unit at Mediterraneo Hospital is always informed on the progress of contemporary surgical orthopedics by attending national and international conferences, aiming at providing specialized support – prevention – rehabilitation to every kind of orthopedic or athletic injury.