Dr Abbas Zaidi

Dr Abbas Zaidi

Consultant Cardiologist
MBBS, BSc (Hons), MRCP (UK), MD

Practising at

Spire Cardiff Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Abbas Zaidi at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Cardiac screening
  • Pre-participation cardiac screening (sports-persons)

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Professional profile

I am a Consultant Cardiologist with subspecialty expertise in cardiovascular imaging, inherited cardiac conditions, heart muscle diseases, and sports cardiology.

I am fully accredited in all aspects of echocardiography, including transthoracic, transoesophageal and stress echocardiography. I am one of only two people in Wales to have achieved Level 3 European Accreditation in Cardiac MRI (qualified to teach and lead a clinical cardiac MRI service).

I have extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of cardiac diseases in athletes, including pre-participation cardiac screening of both professional and amateur sportspersons. I have worked closely with athletes from a wide variety of organisations including the Welsh Rugby Union, Football Premier League, England and Wales Cricket Board, Lawn Tennis Association, and UK Athletics. I have expertise in heart muscle diseases including heart failure due to coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease, as well as inheritable / genetic cardiomyopathies.

I am the regional training lead (Wales) for the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. I also work with the Education Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography and have been a co-author on several national guidelines and clinical protocols for clinical echocardiography. I am the editor of an online revision resource for the European Examination in General Cardiology: https://www.studyprn.com/p/cardiology-eegc

In addition to my clinical work, I am also proud to be an honorary lecturer at Cardiff University.

I also work closely with the charitable organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young, and have screened over six thousand young people for undiagnosed cardiac disorders predisposing to sudden death. I have been working to establish a national cardiac screening centre in Wales.

Clinical Interests

Atrial fibrillation
Cardiac radiology
Coronary artery disease
General medicine
Magnetic resonance imaging
Stroke prevention
Sports medicine

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Media Coverage

Lecture: Cardiac Evaluation of Athletes

Lecture: Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy: Unmasking the Phenotype

Interview: Recipient of the Peter Hinchliffe Award

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Qualification and professional memberships

BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience / Imperial College London / 1999
Bachelor of Science Honours

MBBS / Imperial College London / 2002
Batchelor of Medicine, Batchelor of Surgery

MRCP / Royal College of Physicians (London) / 2006
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians

MD / St Georges, University of London / 2014
Doctor of Medicine (Research)

TTE / British Society of Echocardiography / 2015
Accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography

TOE / British Society of Echocardiography / 2015
Accreditation in Adult Transoesophageal Echocardiography

Level 2 CCT / British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging / 2016
Level 2 Accreditation in Cardiovascular CT

Level 3 CMR / European Society of Cardiovascular Imaging / 2016
Level 3 Accreditation in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians (London)
European Society of Cardiology
British Cardiovascular Society
Welsh Cardiovascular Society
Association for Inherited Cardiac Conditions
British Society of Echocardiography
British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

Professional leadership

I am the Undergraduate Lead for Cardiology in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Honorary Lecturer at Cardiff University. As part of this role I am responsible for organising and coordinating all clinical cardiology placements and teaching for undergraduate medical students within the Health Board.

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Research and Publication


A guideline update for the practice of echocardiography in the cardiac screening of sports participants: a joint policy statement from the British Society of Echocardiography and Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Understanding the mechanism of T-wave inversion in athletes may be key to best management.

Clinical differentiation between physiological remodeling and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy in athletes with marked electrocardiographic repolarization anomalies.

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular remodeling in endurance athletes: Pandora’s box or Achilles’ heel?

Reduced mortality in former Tour De France participants: the benefits from intensive exercise or a select genetic tour de force?

Clinical Significance of Electrocardiographic Right Ventricular Hypertrophy in Athletes: Comparison with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy and Pulmonary Hypertension.

Physiologic right ventricular adaptation in elite athletes of African and Afro-Caribbean origin.

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Personal Profile

In my spare time I enjoy exercise and keep-fit, and have been a keen runner for many years. I have competed in numerous endurance events including the London Marathon. I enjoy watching and playing snooker, and occasionally dabble in cooking. I have been learning Welsh for the past 12 years (initially from my wife, and more recently from my children!), and am pleased to have reached a reasonable working Welsh-language proficiency. Above all I enjoy spending time with my family, and much of my spare time is taken up with entertaining my three young sons.

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Financial Interests

No financial interest in Spire Healthcare.

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Private contact details

Telephone 0292 073 5515
Email abbas.zaidi@wales.nhs.uk