Dr Richard Wheeler

Consultant Cardiologist


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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.


Treatment information

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

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Additional information

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.

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

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

Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Consultant Cardiologist, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff.

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.

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group PLC.
Telephone 029 2073 6011
Private secretary Melinda Young
Private secretary email Melinda.young@wales.nhs.uk