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Dr Dan Augustine is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal United Hospital Bath and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Bristol Heart Institute. He is the national guideline lead for the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE). He has expertise in Sports cardiology / exercise prescription; general cardiology; cardiac imaging and pulmonary hypertension.
He is one of a few cardiologists in the UK accredited in advanced heart ultrasound scans (echocardiography) and cardiac MRI. In addition to imaging, Dan also specialises in invasive cardiology (diagnostic coronary angiography and pulmonary hypertension).
Dan is the editor of several national textbooks. This, in combination with his role for the BSE, means that he stays up-to-date with contemporary practice, using the latest evidence and guidelines. It allows Dan to give a modern and expert opinion on a wide range of cardiological presentations including:
• Chest pain
• Heart murmurs, valve disease
• Heart risk factor management (such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure)
• Heart rhythm symptoms (palpitations, atrial fibrillation)
• Episodes of altered consciousness (blackouts or near blackouts)
Dan provides expert cardiac sports advice and assessment of symptoms to those of all abilities. He has worked with professional club and international athletes and also helps to advise those with underlying cardiac conditions (e.g. after a heart attack or those with heart failure) to improve their exercise capacity and provide tailored exercise prescription.
Dan was one of the authors of the National guidelines on the screening of sports participants, published in 2018.
Advanced Cardiac Imaging
Dan is accredited in advanced echocardiography and cardiac MRI.
He has expertise in stress echocardiography.
Coronary Angiography and Pulmonary Hypertension
Dan undertakes invasive left and right heart cardiac catheters, helping to manage and treat patients with high pressures in their lung arteries. Dan was the lead author for the national guidelines on the use of heart ultrasound scans to help diagnose pulmonary hypertension, published in 2018.
Dan enjoys running and has undertaken the inaugural Bristol to Bath marathon in 2015 as well as the hottest London marathon on record in 2018.
Special clinical interests
Echocardiography Cardiac MRI
Sports Cardiology and exercise prescription to those with cardiac conditions
Assessment of breathlessness and management of heart failure
Chest pain assessment and treatment
Palpitations / arrhythmias
Altered conscious levels (blackouts or near blackouts)
A guideline update for the practice of echocardiography in the cardiac screening of sports participants: a joint policy statement from the British Society of Echocardiography and Cardiac Risk In the Young. April 2018
Echocardiographic assessment of pulmonary hypertension: a guideline protocol from the British Society of Echocardiography. July 2018
Echocardiography. Textbook published by Oxford University press 2014
Dan has completed the certificate of medical education and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Highly commended by British Medical Association for textbook Echocardiography, British Medical Association book awards 2014
Highly commended by British Medical Association for textbook 'MCQs for the cardiology KBA', British Medical Association book awards 2015
Dan has undertaken a research fellowship at the John Radcliffe hospital & University of Oxford where he was awarded his MD. He is the research lead at the RUH.
Areas of interest
Cardiac imaging (echocardiography and cardiac MRI); Valvular heart disease;
Heart failure; hypertension; chest pain assessment; angiography; sports cardiology; exercise prescription; right heart catheterisation; palpitations.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiologist, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist Bristol Heart Institute
I am the cardiology research lead at the RUH Bath where we have an increasing academic and commercial research portfolio. I have recently led on the implementation of the departments first academic national portfolio study.
I have undertaken a research fellowship at the John Radcliffe hospital & University of Oxford (MD 2014) involving the use of advanced imaging in the detection of clinical and sub clinical cardiovascular disease.
I enjoy running and have undertaken a number of half marathons as well as the inaugural Bristol to Bath marathon. I also enjoy watching and playing football as well as playing below par squash!
1. Highly commended by British Medical Association for textbook Echocardiography, British Medical Association book awards 2014
2.Highly commended by British Medical Association for textbook 'MCQs for the cardiology KBA', British Medical Association book awards 2015
1. 'Echocardiography', a leading echocardiography text, published by Oxford University Press 2013, nominated as cardiology textbook of the year British Medical Association book awards 2014
2. MCQs for the cardiology KBA - published by Oxford University Press 2014, nominated as cardiology textbook of the year British Medical Association book awards 2015
Following the success of the above 2 textbooks I have been commissioned to author 2 further texts - educational revision guided for cardiology trainees helping them to become future consultants. Publisher - Oxford University Press, anticipated publication 2018.
Courses offered to GPs
A enjoy giving educational talks to other healthcare providers. I am happy to talk about a wide range of general cardiology topics and I am happy to discuss future events. Please contact my secretary to arrange a meeting.
- MBBS St Bart's & Royal London Hospital 2001
- BSc St Bart's & Royal London Hospital 2000
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians London 2006
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