Consultant Cardiologist

BMBS, BMedSci (Hons), MRCP (UK), PhD  

My Career

I qualified in medicine from the University of Nottingham in 2001. My training as a junior doctor took me to many different locations from Pontefract to Cardiff to London. This gave me a phenomenal breadth of experience in General Medicine before specialising in Cardiology.

In 2007, I undertook a PhD at Imperial College London, based at the Royal Brompton Hospital. The main body of my work was funded by the British Heart Foundation. My research explored the relationship of blood flow within the heart to respiratory diseases at rest, during exercise and during sleep. My PhD gave me a strong introduction and sparked an ongoing interest in Sleep Medicine.

Following on from my PhD, I completed my Cardiology Training in Liverpool. I specialised in Cardiac Imaging, specifically advanced echocardiography and cardiac MRI.

My training has given me an excellent grounding in all areas of General Cardiology, Cardiac Prevention and Cardiac Imaging.

I have undertaken Locum Cardiology Consultant posts in both Wigan and Warrington. Most recently, I undertook a Substantive Cardiology Consultant post in Wexham Park Hospital where I was also the lead for Cardiac Imaging and Cardiology Education.

I am currently a practicing Cardiologist and the founder and director of “Lifestyle Cardiology”. I have designed and I run the FRESH HEART PROJECTTM.

My Journey

Lifestyle Cardiology was founded by myself, Dr Zarrin Shaikh in 2019. My mission is to empower us to prevent heart disease and live healthier lives using natural, lifestyle changes.

 My journey towards starting Lifestyle Cardiology began in 2016 when I became ill. I found that the tablets and treatments offered were not helping me. Through frustration, I started looking into the research on the root cause behind my symptoms. By addressing my lifestyle, I managed to reverse all the issues I was experiencing.

I then started using a similar approach for my Cardiology clinic patients and was amazed with the results. Through simple, achievable lifestyle changes, my patients improved and in fact many started to come off their tablets.

This began a complete paradigm shift in how I practice medicine. I strongly believe that our modern lifestyles which are by default busy, sleep deprived and stressful promote cardiovascular disease. We often neglect our diets and have little time to exercise.

These vital issues are sadly not always thoroughly addressed, mainly due to time pressures. As healthcare professionals, we often resort to prescribing tablets and ordering tests without addressing the root causes of the problem.

I believe we can all take back control of our health.

I am passionate about spreading this message via Lifestyle Cardiology and providing the tools by which we can all empower ourselves to live happier, healthier lives.

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