Dr Varnava

  • Palpitations
  • Syncope
  • Hypertension
  • Hereditary diseases
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Brugada syndrome

Dr Amanda Varnava

GMC: 3498439

Dr Amanda Varnava is a leading cardiologist and a highly experienced consultant based in London. In addition to managing patients with chest pain, palpitations, and hypertension, Dr Varnava offers specialist services for patients with inherited heart problems (cardiomyopathies, channelopathies and sudden cardiac death), athletes requiring cardiac sports screening, and heart disease in pregnancy. Dr Varnava established the Inherited Cardiac Conditions specialist clinic at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare Trust and leads the Pregnancy and Heart Disease Service at Watford General Hospital. She is an expert in sports cardiology and one of the few national experts in this field. Dr Varnava sees many athletes (both professional and amateur) and is the cardiologist to a number of professional football teams including Arsenal, Watford, and Fulham FC.

Dr Varnava qualified from Oxford University and then St Bartholomew's Hospital with triple honours. She then undertook specialist cardiology training at some of the leading cardiac centres in the UK, including St George's Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital, and The London Chest Hospital. Dr Varnava took up her consiltant post in 2005. She has a very active research programme and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. Dr Varnava's research into inherited cardiac conditions is published in leading cardiology journals, and she regularly speaks at national and international conferences.

Dr Varnava runs a paediatric screening service at St Mary's Hospital and sees patients from 12 years onwards in her private practice. 

  • Professional experience

    • Consultant Cardiologist, The Physicians' Clinic (2012 - present)
    • Lead for inherited cardiac conditions, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (2006 - present)
    • Consultant Cardiologist, St. Mary's Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (2005 - present)
    • Consultant Cardiologist, West Herts NHS Trust (2005 - present)
  • Education

    • MD, University of London (2000)
    • FRCP, Royal College of Physicians (1993)
    • MBBS, St Bartholomews Hospital, University of London (1990)
    • MA, Oxford University (1987)
  • Professional membership

    • Council Member, Association of Inherited Cardiac Conditions (AICC)
    • British Cardiovascular Society (BSC)
    • ​Expert advisor to Cardiomyopathy UK
    • ​Expert advisor to the FA
    • Heart Rhythm UK
    • Royal College of Physicians
  • Publications and conferences

    • Interviewed by 10 o'clock news, Radio 4 Today programme, Channel 4, BBC news, Radio London
    • Click here to view Dr Varnava's ResearchGate profile
  • Prizes and awards

    • Weitzman cardiology prize
    • St Barts Gold medal

 Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Angina
  • Aortopathy
  • Arrhythmia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Blood pressure test
  • Brugada syndrome
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardio check up
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Catheter
  • Chest pain
  • Cholesterol
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Coronary CT
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Extrasystole
  • Genetic testing
  • Heart attack
  • Heart check up
  • Heart failure
  • Heart murmur
  • Hereditary diseases
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Lipid disorders
  • Low blood pressure (hipotension)
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • MRI
  • Myocarditis
  • Paediatric cardiology
  • Palpitations
  • Pericarditis
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Second medical opinion
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnoea)
  • Sports cardiology
  • Sports physical examination
  • Statins
  • Stress test
  • Sudden death
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome)
  • Tilt table
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Ventricular tachycardia

Make an appointment


  • The Physicians Clinic
    14 Devonshire St, Marylebone W1G 7AE - London (Central London)
    (+44) 02079037198
  • Spire Bushey Hospital
    Heathbourne Rd WD23 1RD - Watford
    (+44) 02079037198


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What causes someone to collapse?

Collapsing is surprisingly common – at least 1 in 2 people will suffer a collapse at some point in life. We asked leading consultant cardiologist Dr Amanda Varnava what causes someone to collapse and what a GP should do to investigate the problem.

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Is your heart racing? It could be ARVC

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an inherited heart muscle problem. Relatively rare, it affects up to 1 in 10,000 of the population. Generally ARVC affects the right ventricle (pump chamber), however, the left ventricle may also be involved. Occasionally the condition spares the right side and predominantly affects the left side. Dr Amanda Varnava talks more about the symptoms and diagnoses of ARVC.

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