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Areas of Expertise

Dr Varnava performs a range of treatments, including:

Some of the conditions she commonly treats are:

  • Chest pain
  • Hypertension
  • Palpitations and fainting
  • Family history of cardiac disease, heart attack or sudden death
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Channelopathies (long QT and Brugada syndrome)
  • Aortopathies
  • Heart disease in women and through pregnancy
  • Athletes heart
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Ventricular ectopics
  • Heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation

Personal Biography

Dr Varnava, MA MRCP MD, undertook her medical training at Oxford University and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where she attained triple honours.
She then went on to train in cardiology at the UK’s leading cardiac centres (Royal Brompton Hospital, St George’s Hospital, and Barts and the London Chest Hospital). During her training, she completed a research degree into the genetic causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Dr Varnava took up her consultant post in 2005, and she is now a consultant cardiologist at the Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

She leads two specialist clinics within the NHS:
The Inherited Cardiac Disease Centre at St Mary’s Hospital, for the Imperial College Healthcare Trust, which offers a regional specialist service to adults and their families

And, the Pregnancy and Heart Disease Service at Watford General Hospital, for the West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust, which looks after pregnant women with pre-existing heart disease or who develop a heart problem during pregnancy.

She is also an expert advisor to the Cardiomyopathy Association.

Research and Awards

Dr Varnava’s research interests include:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Brugada syndrome
  • Ventricular ectopics
  • Sports cardiology

Dr Varnava in the press

Women’s Health UK, November 2020

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