Dr Edward Petzer

Consultant Cardiologist

Practising at

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Edward Petzer at Spire include:

Other treatments

I am consultant Cardiologist who specialises in Faints falls palpitations, have extensive  experience in management of POTS , vasovagal syncope. Set up loop implant facility at the Spire in 2015 with bespoke consultant lead follow.

Surgically I am a device specialist classed as high volume complex operator doing in excess of 700 procedures per year including LINQ implant, pacemaker, internal cardiac defibrillator, cardiac resynchronising Devices and only standalone SUBQ ICD implanter in Kent performing first in late 2015, with my device background managing many heart failure patients.

Finally I have a special interest in inherited cardiac death (Brugada syndrome, long QT syndrome HCM to mention a few).

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Professional profile

I have been consultant cardiologist since 2005. Trained as Device and electrophysiologist but have dedicated my career to complex device implantation and management. I am a high volume operator and the only operator that is standalone implanter in emerging SUBQ technology, which is a novel way to implant defibrillators that wrap around chest rather than be implanted directly into the heart. Heart failure management is cornerstone of my practice as many end up requiring device therapy.

I am very experienced in autonomic dysfunction (POTS vasovagal syncope) and for many years have worked closely with Nick Gall in Kings who is probably most experienced in the UK in this field. I have a vast experience in inherited cardiac disease and management of families who have experienced sudden cardiac death (brugada syndrome, long QT syndrome, HCM etc.).

LINQ is a device used to diagnose fast or slow heartbeat, very useful to identify mechanism in people with unexplained falls as well as diagnosis of AF in patient’s with unexplained stroke. Pacemakers for patients with slow heart beats, simple but probably most effective surgical therapy developed. Internal cardiac defibrillators – patient’s with heart failure with Ejection fraction less than 35% are at significant risk of sudden arrythmogenic death, these devices affectively prevent this. Cardiac resynchronising devices – in patients with heart failure that are really short of breath can give them new lease on life, probably most satisfying procedure I do. I currently do all Kings difficult cases and probably most experienced operator in Kent. SUBQ defibrillator – the biggest problem with conventional defibrillators is lead failures which result in extraction which have significant morbidity and some mortality, the SUBQ devises go under the skin under armpit and lead tracks under skin wrapping around heart - so nothing is in heart and there are no recorded lead failures – I firmly believe this emerging technology is ICD of the future. I went to Holland to be taught by most experienced implanter in the world. Soon we will be able to implant leadless pacemakers that will talk to the defibrillator allowing us to upgrade device to act as pacemaker if required.

LINQ implant with 24/7 consultant lead monitoring – 100 per year Pacemaker implant – implanted excess 350 per year Internal cardiac defibrillators – annual implant 150 per year Cardiac resync devices ( CRT-D, CRT-P) – annual implant 150 per year SUBQ defibrillator – 10 per year Ajmaline stress test – 20 per year

Advanced life support instructor Advanced life support clinical director Darent Valley hospital Chair of resuscitation council Darent Valley hospital

Clinical Interests

Arrhythmia (Electrophysiology)
Atrial fibrillation
Congenital heart disease
Coronary artery disease
Interventional cardiology
Stroke prevention

Advanced device therapy and heart failure management Autonomic dysfunction including POTS Inherited cardiac disease and unexplained sudden cardiac death - screening of families

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

General Medical Council
Royal College of Physicians
British Cardiac Society

Professional leadership

Chair of resuscitation committee, Darent Valley Hospital
Device lead, Darent Valley Hospital
Complex device lead, Kings Hospital London

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Cardiologist at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Kent. Kings College Hospital, London

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