Dr Rajesh Chelliah

Dr Rajesh Chelliah

Consultant Cardiologist

Practising at

Spire Leicester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Rajesh Chelliah at Spire include:

Cardiology at Spire Leicester Hospital

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Professional profile

I was appointed as Consultant Cardiologist in 2016 having completed my training in the East Midlands South Deanery. On completion of my training was completed I chose to remain at Glenfield Hospital - it being the regional tertiary cardiac referral centre.

My expertise can be divided broadly into 2 categories: advanced echocardiography and advanced cardiac device implantation for cardiac rhythm disorders.

Advanced Echocardiography: I perform transthoracic echocardiogram, dobutamine and exercise stress echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram, 3D echo, contrast echo, strain analysis echo and cardiac device optimization echo. This includes the assessment for coronary artery disease, structural cardiac problems and also valve disease assessment and follow-up. I therefore look after patients with ischaemic heart disease, valve disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure and provide expert advice to referring clinicians. I am fully accredited by the British Society of Echocardiography and have also passed the American Society of Echocardiography exam.

Cardiac Device Implantation: I am also an expert in implanting cardiac pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillator,cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, implantable loop recorders. I have performed in excess of 1000 device implantaions in total. I am also an expert in lead/device extraction and also lead this busy regional service in the Trust. I therefore see patients who have heart rhythm disorders who require a pacemaker and patients who have heart failure/cardiomyopathy who may require a defibrillator/cardiac resynchronization device.

I am currently the lead for acute cardiology at Glenfield Hospital in charge of our Clinical Decisions Unit. I am also lead cardiologist for the regional NHS cardiac lead/device extraction programme.

Clinical Interests

Atrial fibrillation
Coronary artery disease
Stroke prevention

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Contralateral transvenous left ventricular lead placement of implantable devices with pre-sternal tunnelling in chronically obstructed subclavian veins.
July 2015
Massive pulmonary embolus and a precariously positioned thrombus: teetering on a knife edge!
June 2013
Independent and incremental value of stress echocardiography over clinical and stress electrocardiographic parameters for the prediction of hard cardiac events in new-onset suspected angina with no history of coronary artery disease.
December 2010
Myocardial contrast echocardiography versus single photon emission computed tomography for assessment of hibernating myocardium in ischemic cardiomyopathy: preliminary qualitative and quantitative results.

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Media Coverage

Revolutionary new pacemaker technique could help people with heart failure.

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBCHB / University of Dundee / 2002
Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MRCP / Royal college of Physicians / 2005
Member of the Royal College of Physicians

BSE / UK / 2016
Accreditation by the British Society of Echocardiography for Advanced Echocardiography

Professional memberships

Member of the Royal college of Physicians
Member of the British Cardiovascular Society
Member of the British Society of Echocardiography
Member of the European Society of Cardiology
Member of the European Heart Rhythm Association

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Cardiologist, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester

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Personal Profile

I live in Leicester with my wife Nadia who is a High School teacher specialising in Physics. I enjoy reading and travelling in my free time. I have a twin brother who is also a Consultant Cardiologist working in Hull - not many twin cardiologists in the world, I imagine!

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Private contact details

Telephone 0116 265 3685
Private secretary Kate Smith
Private secretary telephone 0116 265 3655

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