Dr Ben Mercer
Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist
MBChB, MRCP, PhD
I am a Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Spire Leeds Hospital and at the Yorkshire Heart Centre in the Leeds General Infirmary, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country.
My specialist area of interest and expertise is in the management of arrhythmia, or heart rhythm disturbances. I treat all types of heart rhythm problems including atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, ectopic beats and ventricular tachycardias. I specialise in the use of catheter ablation to treat these heart rhythm problems and I also implant pacemakers, complex pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators.
I completed my degree in medicine at the University of Leeds in 2007 and I have undertaken extensive specialist training in the field of Cardiology and Electrophysiology in the West Yorkshire region. I completed my PhD in 2014 at the University of Leeds.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Ben Mercer at Spire include:
MBChB / University of Leeds / 2007
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MRCP / Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh / 2010
Member, Royal College of Physicians
PhD / University of Leeds / 2014
Doctor of Philosophy
As a British Heart Foundation Clinical Fellow, I completed an extensive period of dedicated research in vascular biology and the effects of diabetes on blood vessel repair. Following this I was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2014. I have continued to be involved in research relating to heart rhythm disturbance and management and more recently I have published research on atrial fibrillation in an international Journal.
A simple adaptation of a handheld ECG recorder to obtain chest lead equivalents. Mercer B, Leese L, Ahmed N, Holden AV, Tayebjee MH. J Electrocardiol;63:54-56
Cryoablation for Persistent and Longstanding Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: Results From a Multicentre European Registry. Sawhney V, Schilling R, Providencia R, Cadd M, Perera D, Chatha S, Mercer B, Finlay M, Halimi F, Pavin D, Anselme F, Cebron J, Chun J, Schmidt B, Defaye P, Dhillon G, Boveda S, Albenque J, Tayebjee M, Asmundis C, Chierchia G, Hunter RJ. Europace;22(3):375-381
Ischaemic heart disease modifies the association of atrial fibrillation with mortality in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Mercer BN et al. J Am Heart Assoc.;7(20):e009770
Early Repolarization Syndrome; Mechanistic Theories and Clinical Correlates. Mercer BN, Begg GA, Page SP, Bennett CP, Tayebjee MH, Mahida S. Front Physiol.;7:266
Restoring Akt1 activity in outgrowth endothelial cells from South Asian men rescues vascular reparative potential. Cubbon RM, Yuldasheva NY, Viswambharan H, Mercer BN. Stem Cells. 32(10):2714-23.
Prospective development and validation of a model to predict heart failure hospitalisation. RM Cubbon, A Woolston, B Adams, CP Gale, MS Gilthorpe, PD Baxter, LC Kearney, B Mercer, A Rajwani, PD Batin, M Kahn, RJ Sapsford, KK Witte, MT Kearney. Heart. 100(12):923-9
Importance of insulin resistance to vascular repair and regeneration. Cubbon RM, Mercer BN, Sengupta A, Kearney MT. Free Radic Biol Med. 2013 Jul;60:246-63.
Diabetes mellitus is associated with adverse prognosis in chronic heart failure of ischaemic and non-ischaemic aetiology. Cubbon RM, Adams B, Rajwani A, Mercer BN, Patel PA, Gherardi G, Gale CP, Batin PD, Ajjan R, Kearney L, Wheatcroft SB, Sapsford RJ, Witte KK, Kearney MT. Diab Vasc Dis Res.
Diabetes mellitus and the heart (review). Mercer B, Morais S, Cubbon RM. Int J Clin Pract. 66(7):640-7.
Association of diabetes with increased all-cause mortality following primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in the contemporary era. Kahn MB, Cubbon RM, Mercer B, et al. Diab vasc dis res 9(1):3–9
Anthracycline induced cardiomyopathy in siblings with early breast cancer. Alison Young, Ben Mercer, Timothy Perren. Ann Oncol 22 (7): 1692.
I am very active and I have always loved to play sports. Indeed, my passion for heart rhythm problems was sparked when I had a catheter ablation as a child which allowed me to continue playing football. I continued this throughout University and I now enjoy running and playing golf in my spare time. I am married and we have 2 young children and a dog. When the weather allows, we enjoy camping holidays!