Dr Richard Wheeler

Dr Richard Wheeler

Consultant Cardiologist

Practising at

Spire Cardiff Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Richard Wheeler at Spire include:

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Professional profile

I have been a Consultant Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Wales since 2008 and have expertise in cardiac imaging which mainly involves echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Whilst I am a general cardiologist my main clinical interests are concerned with valvular heart disease and the non-invasive assessment of coronary artery disease. I have a major involvement in the assessment of patients for cardiac surgery who have multiple different types of valve disease. This requires a careful evaluation with echocardiography and close liaison within the surgical team. I pride myself on a clear and careful explanation of the issues combined with high quality diagnostic data from my scans. Non-invasive assessment of coronary artery disease refers to tests such as exercise testing and stress echocardiography. This may be needed in a patient with chest pain being investigated for possible angina. Sometimes these tests are required as part of a risk assessment prior to other types of elective non-cardiac surgery.

I specialise in transthoracic echo with or without contrast studies, dobutamine stress echo and transoesophageal echo.

I hold full accreditation from the British Society of Echocardiography for both transthoracic echo and transoesophageal echo. I teach on a number of courses with regard to education within echocardiography.

I am the Clinical Lead for Quality and Safety within the Cardiothoracic unit at the University Hospital of Wales.

Clinical Interests

Atrial fibrillation
Coronary artery disease

I am a general cardiologist with a subspecialty interest within cardiac imaging which mainly involves echocardiography. I undertake all forms of echo including standard transthoracic scans but also stress echo and transoesophageal studies. Valvular heart disease forms a large part of my clinical workload and I have a close working relationship with our cardiac surgeons in terms of patient selection and perioperative care.

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB / University of Birmingham / 1997
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCP / Royal College of Physicians London / 2014
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Professional memberships

British Society of Echocardiography
British Heart Valve Society

Professional leadership

I am clinical lead for Quality and Safety for the Cardiothoracic department at University Hospital of Wales

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Consultant Cardiologist, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff.

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Research and Publication

I have been an active member of the Education Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography contributing to many academic meetings and publication of educational resources.


A minimum dataset for a standard transoesophageal echocardiogram: a guideline protocol from the British Society of Echocardiography
December 2015

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Personal Profile

I am delighted to be working back in the city where I was born and raised. All my spare time is devoted to looking after my young family.

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Financial Interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group PLC.

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Private contact details

Telephone 029 2073 6011
Private secretary Melinda Young
Private secretary email Melinda.young@wales.nhs.uk

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