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Syed Gardezi

MBBS, MRCPI, MRCPUK, MAcadMEd, SEDA PDF Supporting Learning Award,

MSc by Research Student

  • Senior Clinical Fellow Cardiology (Heart Failure & ICC), Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

I am a Clinical research fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine and also a post graduate student working under the supervision of Prof Saul Myerson and Prof Bernard Prendergast with the OxVALVE research group. The main area of my research project involves looking at the natural history of atrial fibrillation, heart valve disease and the association between these two important medical conditions.    

Atrial fibrillation commonly known as the 'irregular heart beat' is the most common arrhythmia in the world affecting one to two percent of the general population. It is the most common heart rhythm problem leading to hospital admissions and it increases the risk of mini strokes & strokes to up to five percent. With a growing ageing population in the developed countries the age related degenerative heart valve disease remains one of the most challenging problems. At present there is no medical treatment available for heart valve disease and the only treatment options are either the open heart surgery or the percutaneous intervention. Both the atrial fibrillation and heart valve disease frequently coexist and there seems to be a strong association between these two conditions. My research focuses on the aetiology, risk factors, predictors (including biomarkers) & the prevalence of atrial fibrillation and heart valve disease and how these two are related to each other.      

I am a Senior registrar in Cardiovascular Medicine and I have completed training in general cardiology & general internal medicine. I have also worked as a sub-specialty registrar in adult congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and advanced heart failure at National Heart & Lung Institute Royal Brompton Hospital London, previously. I am currently working as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Cardiology (Heart failure and Inherited Cardiac Conditions) at St Thomas' Hospital London. I am a member of British Cardiovascular Society, European Society of Cardiology, British Society of Echocardiography, British Heart Valve Society, Royal College of Physicians United Kingdom & the Royal College of Physicians Ireland.

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