Dr Ali Khavandi: Cardiology
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Dr Ali Khavandi

Cardiology

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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.

General Cardiology

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

Specialised Cardiology

Ali has rare dual subspecialty training. This provides additional insight across a spectrum of cardiac conditions and treatments which are often linked:

Coronary angioplasty
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.

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Procedures completed

  • X3510

    IV sedation administered by operator - (5-50)

    Royal United Hospital (1-5) Spire Bristol Hospital (1-5)

  • K6513

    Adult cardiac catheterisation - radial access (including coronary arteriography/catheterisation of right/left side of heart/contrast radiology) - (1-5)

    Spire Bristol Hospital (1-5)

  • 20143

    Removal of implantable ECG loop recorder (including reporting) - (1-5)

    Royal United Hospital (1-5)

  • AA963

    Coronary angioplasty following angiography with fractional flow study on the same day, +/- insertion of stent - radial access - (1-5)

    Spire Bristol Hospital (1-5)

  • 20142

    Insertion of implantable ECG loop recorder (including reporting) - (1-5)

  • AA962

    Coronary angioplasty following angiography with intravascular ultrasound on the same day, +/- insertion of stent - radial access - (1-5)

    Royal United Hospital (1-5)

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