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Dr Ameet Bakhai Dr Ameet Bakhai

Bakhai, Dr Ameet

  • Position: Consultant Cardiologist
  • Qualifications: MBBS, FRCP, MESH, FESC, MHFA, MD
  • Specialty: Cardiology, General Medicine (Adults)

Qualified from St Bartholomew's and Royal Brompton Hospitals in London, and a Harvard Scholar, Dr Bakhai is a cutting edge, front line Consultant Cardiologist, Physician & Research Director at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since 2004. He has a passion for improving the lives of his patients, supporting his teams and leading research and innovation in health care.

Dr Bakhai is available to see patients with a range of cardiac symptoms including chest pain or aches, palpitations, breathlessness, tiredness, leg swelling, high blood pressure, fast and slow heart beats, blackouts or collapses, tiredness, anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression related to heart disease. He also assesses the cardiovascular fitness to undergo surgery especially hip and knee joint replacements and spinal procedures.

His expertise includes the management of conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, angina, heart attacks, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, cardiac valve disease, cardiac syncope, lipid and blood pressure lowering, anaesthetic fitness and reducing cardiovascular risk factors, but he is also an excellent general physician and advises on diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea and general fitness.

His work at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore to carefully risk assess and optimise cardiac patients has reduced in-hospital cardiovascular mortality to 0% that year for the several hundred patients assessed in 2015.

His calm, positive approach is engaging, inspires confidence and motivates people to better health and lifestyle choices. 

Specialist Interests

Cardiology 
Atrial fibrillation 
Coronary artery disease 
Hypertension 
Interventional cardiology 
Vascular medicine

Lifestyle and risk factor management in cardiovascular disease, angina and heart attacks, acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, blood pressure management, cholesterol management, pacemakers, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, pacemakers, atrial fibrillation/flutter, valvular heart disease, anticoagulation, atypical chest pain, medication problems, new therapies and non-invasive therapies in cardiology, fitness for anaesthesia, driving and work.

He is also increasing helping people understand the risks and benefits of medications like statins, warfarin, newer blood thinners such as novel oral anti-coagulants and blood pressure medications and often is able to help review medications to reduce these where appropriate or switch to newer, safer choices. 

Research Interests

Research Deputy Director, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Clinical Research Fellow, Harvard Clinical Research Institute.

His knowledge is up to date because of his strong research interests and he frequently teaches other consultants and GPs about the latest treatment advances. He is often amongst the first to have access to new treatments and was the first to prescribe the new drug Entresto in Europe.

Achievements/Awards/Publications

Dr Bakhai is one of the few cardiologists to be jointly accredited as a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, the Royal College of Physicians, the European Heart Failure Association and the European Society of Hypertension which are achieved only having excellence in all these fields. Through his pioneering research and innovation efforts, he has published over 90 key papers in cardiology with over 250 cited works in Google Scholar, 2 key books and is internationally renowned for his ability to harness new innovations as well as helping design better treatment pathways for patients and primary care physicians.

Procedures/treatment undertaken

Blood clot or thrombosis test.

Blood pressure test.

Blood tests for heart disease risk (cardiac testing)

Cardiac catheterisation.

Permanent and Temporary Pacemaker implantation.

Pacemaker programming and interrogation.

Pericardiocentesis.

Cardiac CT scan (heart CT)

Cardiac MRI scan (heart MRI)

Cardiomemo recording

Cardioversion

Cholesterol level test

Contrast echocardiogram

CT scan

Diabetes test

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Echocardiography.

Exercise ECG

MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging scan)

Stress echocardiogram

Ultrasound scan

Chest X-rays 

MBBS / St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School and University College London / 1990
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

MRCP / Royal College of Physicians (London) / 1993
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
An advanced degree achieved through both exams and demonstration of excellence in Medicine in the UK.

FRCP / Royal College of Physicians (London) / 2008
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
An advanced degree achieved through both exams and demonstration of excellence in Medicine in the UK. Fellows are international leads in their field and have to be selected to receive the award.

MD / Harvard Medical School and University College London / 2010
Doctorate in Medicine
Awarded from work as a scholar at Harvard Medical School and University College London for advanced research on Health Economics of treating Acute Coronary Syndromes

FESC, MESH, MHFA / Europe / 2011
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Member of the European Society of Hypertension & Member of the Heart Failure Association.
An elite honour, I have been awarded fellowship of the ESC and a qualified Member of the Heart Failure Association and the European Society of Hypertension. These awards demonstrate that I have undertaken extensive work, innovation and published research in these fields to achieve and show my expertise amongst international leaders. This combination of expertise is quite rare and attests to my expertise in many fields within cardiology.

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