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- Interventional cardiology
Dr Saha is a consultant interventional cardiologist (Heart Specialist), who was appointed in 2010. He was clinical lead for cardiology at Gloucestershire Hospitals between 2014 and 2016.
His busy NHS practice encompasses clinical activity (emergency work to treat heart attack patients, as well as clinics and ward rounds) at both Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals.
He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Medical School. He also has a PhD from the University of London. He has a number of book publications (Oxford Handbook of Cardiology, Oxford Textbook of Interventional Cardiology), as well as several peer-review publications. He initiated regular ECG teaching sessions for junior doctors in the Trust, and also provides teaching sessions on cardiology-related topics to GP’s in the region.
His PhD, encompassing 5 years’ work, was funded through a fellowship awarded from the British Heart Foundation. The subject matter investigated the relationship between cardiac stem cells and remote protection of the heart, through a process known as ischaemic preconditioning.
His cardiology training included several years’ specialist training in the treatment of heart disease at St Thomas’s Hospital, the London Chest Hospital, Barts Hospital, and the Royal Sussex Cardiac Centre.
Dr Saha is happy to receive referrals for the investigation of:
◾heart valve disorders
◾palpitations/ heart rhythm disorders
◾shortness of breath from a cardiac perspective
Typical initial investigations include an ECG (electrocardiogram), echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) and heart rhythm recording, depending on symptoms.
Dr Saha also specialises in coronary angiography, complex coronary angioplasty and stent insertion to treat angina and heart attacks. This means a stent can be implanted at the time of the first angiogram, if necessary, without the need to return for a second procedure.
In addition, Dr Saha frequently uses a device known as a pressure wire (in 20-25% of his interventional procedures). The pressure wire is placed through the cardiac catheter at the time of the angiogram, and the information derived can help guide the decision as to whether a stent is implanted, so that stents are used only if needed.
Furthermore, he can perform coronary angiograms or angioplasty from either the wrist or the groin. He currently performs approximately 90% of all his angioplasty/stent procedures from the wrist (radial artery).
He maintains close links with heart specialists in both Bristol and Oxford, so that patients receive the treatment they need from those centres, if the need arises.
◾coronary angioplasty (Stent Insertion)
◾intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
◾Rotational atherectomy (Rotablation)
◾Pericardial drain insertion
◾Insertion of temporary pacing wire
◾Insertion of intra-aortic balloon pump
Dr Saha is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and has medical indemnity through the Medical Protection Society. He is also a member of the following organisations:
◾British Cardiac Society
◾British Cardiovascular Interventional Society
◾British Medical Association
Areas of interest
Valvular heart disease; Angina and chest pain; Coronary stenting; Coronary and ischaemic heart disease; Interventional cardiology; heart failure; palpitations; screening heart disease
- Claire Fishpool
- Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital Hatherley Lane Cheltenham GL51 6SY
- 07786 069932
Current NHS consultant posts held
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Gloucester Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital)
Cardiac Stem cells
Remote Ischaemic Preconditioning
The effects of exercise on cardiovascular health
Brackenbury and Bourne Scholarship in Medicine (1994)
PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine (University of London 2010)
(Additional) Languages spoken
- French - Basic
Oxford Handbook of Cardiology
Oxford Textbook of Interventional Cardiology
Courses offered to GPs
The ECG in GP Practice
When should I refer for a cardiac opinion
ECG diagnoses not to be missed
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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- BA Cambridge University (Trinity College) 1994
- MBBS Barts and the London Hospital Medical School 1997
- MA Cambridge University 1998
- MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians (London) 2000
- PhD University of London 2010
- Cardiac Interventional Fellowship St Thomas' Hospital London 2010
- Cardiac Interventional Fellowship Royal Sussex Cardiac Centre Brighton 2009
- PhD Cardiovascular Medicine University of London 2010
Reference number 4424358
Details of entry to specialist register
- Specialist Register for Cardiology, 2010
Affiliations / memberships
Medical Protection Society
British Medical Association
British Cardiac Society
British Cardiovascular Intervention Society
Royal College of Physicians
- Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital, GL51 6SY
- 08:30 - 13:00
- 07786 069932
- Tetbury Hospital
- 13:30 - 14:00
- 07786 069932
- Winfield Hospital, GL2 9EE
- 08:30 - 13:30
- 07786 069932
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