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Dr Chris Baker

Cardiology

Medical interests: Treatment of complex coronary artery disease including angioplasty and stenting. Cardiorenal disease. Mitral valve disease including percutaneous mitral valve repair. Cryptogenic stroke (stroke that occurs for no detectable reason). Treatment of adults with holes in the heart, including patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure. Invasive assessment of pulmonary hypertension.


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About

I have extensive experience of all aspects of adult cardiology, in particular the management of patients with complex coronary artery disease who need coronary angioplasty and stenting as part of their treatment. I also specialise in treating people with structural heart problems, including heart valve abnormalities, which we can sometimes treat using percutaneous valve repair, and the congenital heart conditions patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defect. These are commonly called ‘holes in the heart’ and can often be treated minimally invasively with great success. Additionally, I am able to offer investigation and treatment for a wide range of cardiac conditions including high blood pressure, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart failure, dizzy spells and blackouts, raised cholesterol and palpitations.

Expertise

I have expertise and many years' experience in all aspects of cardiology. My specialist interests include heart problems related to kidney disease, complex coronary artery disease, disease of the mitral valve and less invasive techniques for mitral valve repair, pulmonary hypertension and cryptogenic stroke.

Symptoms investigated

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness and blackouts
  • Palpitations

 

Procedures performed

  • Coronary angiography
  • Coronary angioplasty and stenting including rotational and laser atherectomy
  • Invasive assessment of lesion severity – FFR and iFR
  • Invasive assessment of pulmonary hypertension including exercise studies
  • Endomyocardial biopsy Pericardial drain insertion
  • Mitral valvuloplasty
  • Mitraclip percutaneous mitral valve repair
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
  • Permanent pacemaker implantation
  • Implantable loop recorder insertion Intra aortic balloon pump insertion
  • Transoesophageal echocardiography
  • Bubble contrast echocardiography

 

Conditions diagnosed and treated

  • Stable angina pectoris
  • Acute coronary syndromes including unstable angina, non ST segment elevation myocardial infarction and ST elevation myocardial infarction Cardiorenal disease Heart valve disorders Cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation
  • Heart failure and cardiomyopathies
  • Cardiac causes of stroke
  • Syncope (blackouts) and presyncope (dizzy spells)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidaemia (high blood cholesterol)

 

Research interests

  • Coronary artery disease Cardiorenal disease
  • Assessment of coronary flow
  • Percutaneous mitral valve repair

Background

Medical training

Dr Chris Baker qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1990 and completed his PhD in Myocardial Hibernation and Stunning at the Hammersmith Hospital. He was trained in cardiology at the London Chest and St Bartholomew's Hospitals and is on the specialist register for both Cardiology and General Internal Medicine.

Current appointments

Dr Chris Baker is an Interventional Cardiologist and a Consultant at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He performs hundreds of coronary procedures each year. He has a special interest in the management of patients with heart disease who are also affected by kidney problems, and runs a specialist clinic at the North West London Renal Unit.

NHS practice

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Availability

Dr Chris Baker's availability for consultations

 
In clinic
Clinic times*
Mon
In clinic: Yes
Clinic times*: 1pm - 5pm
Tue
 
 
Wed
Yes
Clinic times*: 2pm - 6pm
Thu
 
 
Fri
 
 
Sat
 
 

*Other times may be available on request

Fees

Dr Chris Baker: fees

Type of patient Initial consultation (up to 30 minutes) Follow up consultation (30 minutes)
Self Pay £205 £165
Self pay £300 if second opinion with review of previous medical notes/results £165
Insured Within the schedule of charges for specific insurance companies* Within the schedule of charges for specific insurance companies*

* If your policy covers consultations, there will be no shortfall to pay (but you may have an excess on your policy). Please also note that some policies do not cover consultations – always check your policy conditions or contact with your insurer as necessary.

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