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Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Paul Kalra at Spire include:
• 24-hour blood pressure assessment
• Ambulatory monitor (24-hour tape or longer periods of monitoring)
The majority of my work involves the assessment, investigation and management of patients with known or suspected cardiac (heart) problems. This includes patients with symptoms of breathlessness, palpitations and chest pain. While I have a broad interest in all aspects of general adult cardiology my sub-specialty interest is the assessment and management of patients with heart failure.
Locally I have developed and lead a comprehensive, integrated heart failure service across primary and secondary care. I am Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure (Chair commenced November 2017), the national body providing expert advice, support and education to NHS organizations, professionals and patients (working closely with patient groups).
I graduated in 1992 from Cambridge University. Having passed MRCP in 1995, I undertook cardiology specialist training in Wessex. I spent two years at the National Heart Lung Institute and Royal Brompton Hospitals, London to further my clinical and research interest in chronic heart failure. I started as a Consultant Cardiologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in April 2004.
I have a major interest in research and have published over 80 peer-reviewed papers. I am leading a large 5 year study across approximately 70 UK sites that is funded by the British Heart Foundation: IRONMAN – a randomized study evaluating whether treatment with iron can improve outcomes for patients with heart failure.
I am also committed to medical education and organise regular national meetings (see www.bsh.org.uk and www.cardiorenalforum.com) for doctors, GPs and specialist nurses. I actively contribute to education of cardiology trainees through roles with national (British Cardiovascular Society) and international (European Society for Cardiology) societies. I have edited a cardiology textbook "Specialist Training in Cardiology".
Special Clinical Interests: Heart failure, device therapies (pacemakers, complex devices – implantable cardioverter defibrillators/cardiac resynchronisation devices), Ischaemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, palpitations.
BA (Hons) / Churchill College, Cambridge University / 1989
MB BChir / Cambridge University / 1992
MRCP / London / 1995
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
FRCP / London / 2007
Senior membership of the Royal College of Physicians
MD / Imperial College, University of London / 2009
Doctor of Medicine
Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Failure Lead, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, National Heart Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, LondonBack to top
My main interests outside medicine are focused around sports and in particular football, cricket, cycling and golf (active participation but increasing amount of time watching children participate). With my wife Sian and three young sons (not forgetting Merlin the dog) I also enjoy spending time walking and cycling and reading literature for the under 10s!Back to top
Owns 10% of the cardiology equipment he uses at Spire Portsmouth Hospital. (The remaining share of the equipment is owned by other clinicians).Back to top
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