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- Reporting of echocardiography
- Stress echocardiography
I am a Consultant Cardiologist in Birmingham UK. I specialise in diagnostic cardiac imaging and in the management of valvular heart disease. My practice is in central Birmingham, based at the University Hospital (Queen Elizabeth) which is a renowned NHS tertiary referral cardiac treatment centre located in Edgbaston. My clinical interest is in the diagnosis and management of patients with valvular heart disease. I have a particular expertise in echocardiography (with emphasis on state-of-the-art techniques including tissue Doppler, contrast and stress imaging), cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), and nuclear cardiology (SPECT).
Areas of interest
Valvular heart disease; ischaemic heart disease; inherited cardiomyopathy; cardiac imaging; Echocardiography; Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Nuclear cardiology
- Denise Westwood
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital Nuffield House, 1st Floor Edgbaston BIRMINGHAM B15 2TH
- 0121 371 4035
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
University Hospital Birmingham,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
My research is clinically orientated and focusses on the diagnostic yield of echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging in the clinical arena. My recent research has revealed changes in cardiac function detected on echo and CMR in mild, early renal dysfunction which may in future be used to target preventative therapy to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients at high risk
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Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology
Honorary Reader at the University of Birmingham
President of the British Society of Echocardiography
From 57 cited primary research articles; 30 cited editorials (selected below)
H. Index 19; average citations per item 8.45
Steeds RP, Mohiaddin R. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging in Takayasu arteritis.
International Journal of Cardiology 2006;109(1):1-6.
Mahadevan D, Thorne S, Steeds RP. Echocardiography in Cryptogenic Cerebral Abscess
Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography 2008;21: 401-403.
Edwards NC, Ferro CJ, Townend JN, Steeds RP. Aortic distensibility and arterial-ventricular coupling in early chronic kidney disease: a pattern resembling heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
Edwards NC, Hirth A, Ferro CJ, Townend JN, Steeds RP. Subclinical abnormalities of regional left ventricular myocardial deformation in early stage chronic kidney disease- the precursor of uraemic cardiomyopathy?
Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography 2008;21(12):1293-8.
Lenci I, Alvior A, Manzia TM , Toti L, Neuberger J, Steeds RP. Echocardiography in patients with hepatopulmonary syndrome undergoing liver transplant assessment.
Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography 2009;22(1):89-94
- MBBS University College, London 1991
- Fellow Royal College of Physicians 2008
- Fellow European Society of Cardiology 2009
- MA University of Cambridge 1986
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- President British Society of Echocardiography 2014
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.