Dr. Mario Facchini


Medical Director of the Cardiology Rehabilitation Unit
San Luca Hospital Scientific Institute




  • 1981. Specialisation in Cardiology gained at the University of Milan with the following mark: 68/70.
  • 1979. Degree in Medicine and Surgery gained at the University of Milan with the following mark: 110/110 cum laude.
  • 1973. Secondary School Diploma in Classical Studies gained at the Zucchi Secondary School of Monza with the following mark: 58/60.


Dr. Mario Facchini was born in 1954 and has a Degree in Medicine and Surgery, specialising in Cardiology. From 2006 Dr. Mario Facchini is head of the Specialist Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit of the Istituto Auxologico Italiano, at the San Luca Hospital of Milan. Dr. Mario Facchini has gained extensive experience in the clinical arrhythmology field (diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias) and in the electrophysiological field (radiofrequency ablation of atrial arrhythmias, pacemaker implant and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and electrical resynchronisation therapy). Dr. Mario Facchini trained in this field under Prof. Peter Schwartz at the Milan Polyclinic during the years between 1981 and 1991. Dr. Mario Facchini completed his training with a fellowship in 1983 at the University of Maastricht under the guidance of Prof. H. Wellens and Prof. Pedro Brugada.
From 1992 Dr. Mario Facchini has focused on cardiac rehabilitation, gaining clinical experience in the care and treatment of patients with ischaemic and/or valvular heart disease in both the post-acute-phase and in the chronic phase, with particular attention to patients with heart failure.


Dr. Mario Facchini is the Medical Director of the Specialist Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, specialising in the rehabilitation of patients with cardiovascular events (myocardial infarction, recent myocardial revascularization surgery, cardiac surgery for heart valve replacement or thoracic aorta surgery) and in patients suffering from chronic heart failure.
The Operating Unit has 24 ordinary inpatient beds and a rehabilitation MAC Unit (complex outpatients clinic activities) where a medical team works, specialising in cardiology work, supported by specialists in internal medicine and by consultants in psychology, psychiatry, surgery and pulmonology. The cardiological team works in close collaboration with the group of physiotherapists.
The clinical activity is not only limited to the post-acute-phase of cardiovascular diseases, but also extends its intervention to their chronic evolution. The activities include improving the functional capacity based on an appropriate physical training programme, the preparation and optimisation of a pharmacological and physical therapy, a secondary prevention activity and health education.
Dr. Mario Facchini participates actively in the interventional electrophysiology procedures in the electrophysiology laboratory of the San Luca Hospital, in particular, focusing on the ablation of atrial fibrillation procedures.


  • Adjunct Professor of the Postgraduate School of Cardiology of the University of Milan-Bicocca.
  • Adjunct Professor of the Postgraduate School of Cardiology at the University of Milan.
  • Clinical tutor, electrocardiography tutor, electrophysiology tutor, tutor to doctors training in Cardiology at the contracted facility in the San Luca Hospital of the Istituto Auxologico Italiano.


Dr. Mario Facchini began his research work in 1977 in the laboratory directed by Prof. Peter J. Schwartz, focussing on the Sudden Death Syndrome in Childhood, the effectiveness of antiarrhythmic medicines in chronic ventricular arrhythmias using the acute oral loading.
In relation to the mechanisms of arrhythmias, Dr. Mario Facchini headed the study of the influences of the autonomic nervous system, in particular, the reflex vagal stimulation on ventricular arrhythmias.
Current research fields: effects of cardiovascular rehabilitation on the autonomic nervous tone in patients with myocardial infarction and heart failure, ventricular repolarisation (QT adaptation to frequency changes in various conditions), effects of cardiovascular rehabilitation on various parameters to measure the cardiac function, in particular, in persons with chronic heart failure.
Dr. Mario Facchini is the author of 53 scientific articles in indexed journals.