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- Coronary angiography
- Devices: cardiac resynchronisation therapy device (CRT)
- Devices: implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
- Devices: single chamber pacemaker insertion
- Fractional flow reserve (FFR)
- Percutaneous coronary intervention with/without stenting
- Reporting of echocardiography
- Transthoracic echocardiography
Dr Ali Khavandi is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust. He specialises in complex angioplasty and advanced rhythm device implantation. He is part of the Consultant team providing 24/7 emergency treatments for the regional heart attack service at the Bristol Heart Institute. Additionally he implants complex pacemakers and defibrillators at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. He has a special interest in minimising pacemaker scars and the role of diet in cardiovascular conditions. This has lead to appearances on BBC Horizons and he currently writes on the subject of diet and health for the Observer.
In his role as editor of the UK and European Core Cardiology textbooks, Ali remains fully up-to-date on the latest general cardiology evidence and guidelines. As such he provides a modern and efficient approach to the assessment of a broad range of cardiovascular symptoms and conditions including:
• Chest pain and arterial disease
• Palpitations, arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation
• Loss of consciousness (syncope) or near blackouts (presyncope)
• Structural conditions (murmurs, heart muscle and valvular problems)
• Risk factor such as weight management, high blood pressure, cholesterol and family history
Ali has rare dual subspecialty training. This provides additional insight across a spectrum of cardiac conditions and treatments which are often linked:
He is a contemporary, complex angioplasty operator who performs the majority of procedures via the radial artery (statistically the safest option). He has expertise and access to the full spectrum of modern techniques and adjuncts including rotational atherectomy, intravascular imaging, chronic total occlusion treatment and Laser assisted angioplasty (Laser unique to the region).
Complex rhythm device implantation
Ali has introduced this new service to Bath, which consists of resynchronization pacemakers for heart failure and implantable defibrillators. He implanted the first new generation ‘leadless’ defibrillator in Swindon and has a specialist interest in surgical techniques which improve outcomes, hide devices and minimise scars.
Areas of interest
Optimal surgical techniques for ‘hidden’ pacemaker implantation
National profile for surgical skills training as relevant to Cardiologists - close collaboration with plastic surgeons to establish techniques for minimisation of pacemaker scars and ‘hidden’ devices. Provides a relatively unique service for patients with options to revise previous unsightly scars or uncomfortable devices;
Integrated dietary approaches to weight and cardiovascular risk factors
Tailored dietary prevention and weight management service for patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and associated condition such as atrial fibrillation, many of whom can significantly reduce their tablet medication burden, avoid more complex treatments and improve symptoms through simple dietary and lifestyle changes.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiologist, Royal United Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Bristol Heart Institute, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Ali is published in international journals on a number of subjects. His past area of interest was around contemporary transcatheter structural and endovascular treatments, including aortic valve implantation and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair.
His current interest is modern dietary approaches to risk factors such as high blood pressure and is currently leading the development of a collaborative project in Bath.
Persian parents but born and brought up in Bath: school at King Edward’s, 4 As at A-level, played rugby in the winter, tennis in the summer and received the leavers all round performance prize
Manchester Uni culminated in the Prof job. Then trained in London, Bristol (Heart Institute) and first Consultant appointment was at the Royal Harefield & Brompton Trust but the strong links to Bath brought him back in 2013
Married to Heidi, Sister at the BRI, and his daughter Ara was born in 2015
Health Foundation Clinical innovation award (a project to treat high blood pressure through diet and lifestyle)
Editor of the UK Core Cardiology training textbook and accompanying multiple choice questions book (received a BMJ book of the year award). Currently commissioned to produce the pan-European second edition in collaboration with Oxford University Press.
Featured in BBC Horizon television series on diet and health, national newspapers and currently writes for the Observer on the subject.
Courses offered to GPs
Bath GP Education and Research Trust (BGPERT) member http://www.bathgped.co.uk
Evening educational events at Circle Bath