Dr Javed Akhtar

Dr Javed Akhtar

Consultant Cardiologist

FRCP (London), FRCP (Ed), MRCPI (Dublin)

Specialises in

Availability: Monday evening, Friday afternoon.

I am a Consultant Cardiologist at Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood, Essex, offering private cardiology tests and treatment in our clean and comfortable private hospital. I became a consultant cardiologist in 1989 and became Associate Professor of Cardiology in 1994 at King Saud University, Riyadh. I returned to the UK in 1998 as a consultant cardiologist at St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust in Liverpool. In 2004 I moved to London as a consultant cardiologist at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

I established the Permanent Pacemaker Implantation service at Queen’s Hospital, Romford and I implant approximately 150 pacemakers every year. The heart failure service at Queen’s Hospital is run under my supervision. I have also established a heart failure service at St George’s Hospital, Hornchurch, Essex.

I am a senior cardiologist with extensive experience in all the major fields of cardiology including intervention. I have performed coronary angioplasty, stenting, mitral balloon valvuloplasty, pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty, inferior vena cave umbrella insertion etc.

I take pride in teaching and I have been awarded “best teacher of the year” for three consecutive years. I run the cardiology training programme at Queen’s Hospital and conduct regular training for specialist registrars (doctors in training to become cardiologists), junior doctors, GPs, cardiac physiologists and technicians. I am a training supervisor for the MSc and I have a Diploma in Cardiology.

I have designed protocols for the NHS Trust for the following topics: Managing atrial fibrillation, Managing acute heart failure, Managing syncope, and Evidence based drugs for heart failure.

I have been heavily involved in the British Heart Foundation campaign to create awareness among the Asian communities for risk factors of coronary artery disease and how to prevent them. I have participated in many talks, interviews and phone-in programmes on various Asian TV channels. Some of my interviews have been relayed live on BBC international radio programmes on topics related to the heart.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Javed Akhtar at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Arrhythmia (Electrophysiology)
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Echocardiography
  • Stroke prevention
  • Interventional cardiology

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Additional information

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

I treat angina; breathlessness; cardiomyopathy; chest pain; dizziness and fainting episodes; heart failure; investigation of heart murmurs; heart valve disease; high cholesterol; investigation of patients with transient ischaemic attack (TIA) for the heart defect, patent foramen ovale (PFO); palpitations; permanent pacemaker implantation; trans-oesophageal echocardiography (TOE).

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh).

Member of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Dublin).

Member of Heart Failure Association, European Society of Cardiology.

Former Fellow of NAPSE (North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology).

Consultant Cardiologist, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.

Consultant Cardiologist, St George's Hospital, Hornchurch (heart failure service managed by Havering NHS Primary Care Trust).

I am married with four sons, three of them are doctors in their early training period and my fourth son is studying medicine. My main hobby is reading books on history, philosophy, revolutions, current affairs and biographies of great people.