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Dr Alexander Sirker

MA (Cantab), MB BChir, MRCP, PhD

Consultant Cardiologist

Specialty
Fixed Price Packages

About

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    Dr Sirker trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge. He graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiology in 1994 and, during his undergraduate studies, was awarded several prizes, an exhibition and three scholarships. He then continued training at Cambridge University Clinical School, qualifying as a doctor in 1996 with a triple Distinction in the Final MB examinations.

    His specialist training in Cardiology was undertaken at a number of leading cardiac centres, including the Royal Brompton, Harefield, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. His specific expertise in Interventional Cardiology was gained at King’s College Hospital, London and during an international fellowship year at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, British Columbia, Canada – a pioneering centre in the use of radial access for angioplasty and stenting.

    Dr Sirker works as a Consultant in Interventional and General Cardiology at UCLH and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. London.

    Dr Sirker has specific expertise in coronary angiography, angioplasty and stenting procedures. Following the transfer of invasive cardiology services from UCLH to BartsHealth in 2015, he performs these procedures for UCLH patients at the new Barts Heart Centre (at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital). Other invasive and interventional procedures undertaken by Dr Sirker include pressure wire studies, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT), rotational atherectomy and implantation of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds. His particular interests in Interventional Cardiology include i) use of the radial artery (at the wrist) for ‘keyhole’ access in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and ii) complex coronary interventions, including treatment of bifurcation disease, calcified lesions and diseased bypass grafts. He also has a strong interest in clinical risk reduction, for example leading the successful introduction of safety checklist use prior to procedures in the Cardiac Catheter Laboratories at UCLH. He is now the site lead at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital for implementation of the new National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures across all medical specialties.

    Dr Sirker has a broad background in General Adult Cardiology. He undertakes outpatient clinics, at the main University College Hospital site, which include patients with symptoms such as chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, dizzy spells and blackouts, and with conditions including coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, high blood pressure and heart failure. He also deals with pre-operative cardiac assessment prior to non-cardiac surgery and with cardiovascular risk assessment more generally.

    He has formal national accreditation in echocardiography and has trained in cardiac CT. He is also an accredited specialist in General (Internal) Medicine.

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    Interventional Cardiology (including coronary angiography, angioplasty and stenting, and assessment of coronary artery disease using intravascular imaging and fractional flow reserve).

    General Adult Cardiology – Investigation of symptoms such as chest pains, breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness and faints. Also longer term management of chronic heart conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart valve diseases, high blood pressure and heart failure.

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