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Dr Nick WestDr Nick West

Consultant Cardiologist

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Specialist Clinical Interests
Interventional Cardiology

Research Interests
Bioabsorbable stent technology
ST elevation myocardial infarction
Coronary/left ventricular physiology during PCI
Coronary microvascular function
Coronary stent design & technology
'Vulnerable plaque' & virtual histology/greyscale intravascular ultrasound
Myocardial injury during revascularisation
Thrombectomy in acute myocardial infarction
Diabetic restenosis
Vascular biology

Professional Profile
Dr West qualified from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London. He subsequently trained in Cardiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and undertook research in the field of vascular biology and vein graft disease in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford and the Cardiovascular Division, Duke University, North Carolina. USA. This research led to the British Atherosclerosis Society Young Investigator prize, the award of an MD thesis and also both the Sir Lionel Whitby Medal and the Sir Walter Langdon-Brown Prize the by the University of Cambridge. Following training in coronary angioplasty in Oxford, he completed an Interventional Fellowship at Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, where he was involved in several cutting-edge/First-in-Man studies and gained extensive experience of intravascular ultrasound and advanced interventional techniques.

He was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2003 and was instrumental in designing and initiating a now-thriving PCI service without onsite surgical cover. During this appointment, he delivered general cardiological services to a large, busy secondary care trust over two sites (Cheltenham and Gloucester) and was also an Honorary Consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where he performed complex coronary interventions and continued to participate in interventional research.

Dr West moved to Papworth Hospital as a Consultant Cardiologist in 2007 and continues to be active in clinical cardiological research. He is currently Clinical Lead for Coronary Intervention at Papworth, Lead for Audit in Interventional Cardiology, Royal College of Physicians Tutor and Lead for Cardiac Rehabilitation. He is also Medical Advisor to Plaquetec Ltd, a novel biotech startup based at Papworth.

Clinical Outcomes
To view Dr West's clinical outcomes, please click on this link. This will take you to the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society website which is not part of the Papworth Hospital website.

Education and Training
BA (Hons, Cantab) 1989
MB, BChir 1992
MA (Cantab) 1993
MRCP (London) 1995
MD (Cantab) with University prizes 2002
FRCP (London) 2006

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians
Member, British Cardiovascular Society
Member, British Cardiovascular Society Guidelines & Practice Committee
Deputy Chair, British Cardiovascular Society Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care
Member, British Cardiovascular Intervention Society
Member, British Medical Association
Full registration, General Medical Council (no. 3666779)
Specialist Advisor to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Recent and Important Publications
Yu E, Calvert P, Mercer J, Harrison J, Baker L, Figg N, Kumar S, Wang J, Obaid D, Logan A, West NEJ, Clarke M, Vidal-Puig A, Murphy MP, Bennett MR. Mitochondrial DNA damage can promote atherosclerosis independently of reactive oxygen species through effects on smooth muscle cells and monocytes, and correlates with higher risk plaques in humans. Circulation 2013; in press.

Brown AJ, Hoole SP, McCormick LM, Malone-Lee M, Cacciottolo PJ, Schofield PM, West NEJ. Left bundle branch block with acute thrombotic occlusion is associated with increased myocardial jeopardy score and poor clinical outcomes in primary percutaneous coronary intervention activations. Heart 2013; in press.

Brown AJ, McCormick LM, Gajendragadkar PR, Hoole SP, West NEJ. Initial SYNTAX score predicts major adverse cardiac events after primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Angiology 2013; in press.

West NEJ. The Year in Cardiology 2012: acute coronary syndromes. European Heart Journal 2013; 34: 422-6.

McCormick LM, Hoole SP, Brown AJ, Dutka DP, West NEJ. A contemporary re-evaluation of culprit lesion severity in patients presenting with STEMI. Acute Cardiac Care 2012; 14: 111-116.

Danzi GB, Chevalier B, Urban P, Fath-Ordoubadi F, Carrie D, Wiemer D, Serra A, Wijns W, Kala P, Stabile A, Ruigomez JG, Sagic D, Laanmets P, Strupp G, West NEJ, Paunovic D. Clinical performance of a drug-eluting stent with a biodegradable polymer in an unselected patient population: the NOBORI 2 study. Eurointervention 2012; 8: 109-116.

Walker DM, West NEJ, Ray SG. From coronary care unit to acute cardiac care unit: the evolving role of specialist cardiac care. Heart 2012; 98: 350-2.

Hoole SP, White PA, Read PA, Heck PM, West NEJ, O’Sullivan M, Dutka D. Coronary collaterals provide a constant scaffold effect on the left ventricle and limit ischemic left ventricular dysfunction in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology 2012; 112: 1403-9.

Obaid DR, Calvert PA, McNab D, West NEJ, Bennett MR. Identification of coronary plaque sub-types using virtual histology intravascular ultrasound is affected by inter-observer variability and differences in plaque definitions. Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging 2012; 5: 86-93.

Calvert PA, Obaid DR, O’Sullivan M, Shapiro LM, McNab D, Densem CG, Schofield PM, Braganza D, Clarke SC, Ray KK, West NEJ, Bennett MR. Association between IVUS findings and adverse outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease: the VIVA (VH-IVUS in Vulnerable Atherosclerosis) Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging 2011: 4; 894-901.

Calvert PA, Liew TV, Gorenne I, Clarke M, Costopoulos C, Obaid DR, O’Sullivan M, Shapiro LM, McNab D, Densem CG, Schofield PM, Braganza D, Clarke SC, Ray KK, West NEJ, Bennett MR. Leukocyte telomere length is associated with high-risk plaques on virtual histology intravascular ultrasound and increased proinflammatory activity. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology 2011; 31:2157-64.

Read PA, Hoole SP, White PA, Khan FZ, O'Sullivan M, West NEJ, Dutka DP. A pilot study to assess whether glucagon-like Peptide-1 protects the heart from ischemic dysfunction and attenuates stunning after coronary balloon occlusion in humans. Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions 2011; 4: 266-72.

Van Gaal WJ, Arnold JR, Testa L, Karamitsos T, Lim CCS, Ponnuthurai FA, Petersen S, Francis JM, Selvanyagam J, Sayeed R, West NEJ, Westaby S, Neubauer S, Banning AP. Myocardial injury following coronary artery surgery versus angioplasty (MICASA): a randomized trial using biochemical markers and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Eurointervention 2011; 6: 703-10.

Hoole SP, Heck PM, Epstein AC, Clarke SC, West NEJ, Dutka DP. Elective coronary stenting increases fractional flow reserve in other arteries due to an increase in microvascular resistance: clinical implications for assessment of multi-vessel disease. Journal of Interventional Cardiology 2010; 23: 520-7.

Hoole SP, Heck PM, Sharples L, Dutka DP, West NEJ. Coronary stent length predicts PCI-induced cardiac myonecrosis. Coronary Artery Disease 2010; 21: 312-7.

Hoole SP, Heck PM, White P, Read P, West NEJ, O’Sullivan M, Dutka DP. Stunning and cumulative left ventricular dysfunction occurs late after coronary balloon occlusion in humans: insights from simultaneous coronary and left ventricular hemodynamic assessment. Journal of American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions 2010; 3: 412-8.

Mitchell ARJ, West NEJ, Leeson P, Banning AP. The Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Catheterisation and Coronary Intervention. Oxford University Press, Oxford, March 2008; ISBN-13: 978-0-19-929579-1.

West NEJ, McKenna CJ, Ormerod O, Forfar JC, Banning AP, Channon KM. Percutaneous coronary intervention with stent deployment in anomalously-arising left circumflex coronary arteries. Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions 2006; 68: 882-890.

West NEJ, Ruygrok PN, Disco CM, Webster MWI, Lindeboom WK, O’Neill WW, Mercado NF, Serruys PW. Clinical and angiographic predictors of restenosis after stent deployment in diabetic patients. Circulation 2004; 109: 867-873.

Alp NJ, West NEJ, Arnold N, Gunn J, Banning AP, Channon KM. Increased intimal hyperplasia in vein graft stenting compared to arterial stenting: comparisons in a new rabbit model of stent injury. Cardiovascular Research 2002; 56: 164-172.

Guzik TJ, West NEJ, Pillai R, Taggart DP, Channon KM. Nitric oxide modulates superoxide release and peroxynitrite formation in human blood vessels. Hypertension 2002; 39: 1088-1094.

West NEJ, Qian HS, Guzik TJ, Black E, Cai S, George SE, Channon KM. Nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) gene transfer modifies venous bypass graft remodeling: effects on vascular smooth muscle cell differentiation and superoxide production. Circulation 2001; 104: 1526-1532.

Cosentino F, Barker JE, Brand MP, Heales SJ, Werner ER, Tippins JR, West NEJ, Channon KM, Volpe M, Luscher TF. Reactive oxygen species mediate endothelium-dependent relaxations in tetrahydrobiopterin deficient mice. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology; 2001; 21: 496-502.

West NEJ, Guzik TJ, Black E, Channon KM. Enhanced superoxide production in experimental venous bypass graft intimal hyperplasia: role of NAD(P)H oxidase. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology 2001; 21: 189-194.

Guzik TJ, West NEJ, Black E, McDonald D, Channon KM. Functional effect of the C242T polymorphism in NAD(P)H oxidase p22phox gene on vascular superoxide production in atherosclerosis. Circulation 2000; 102: 1744-1747.

Guzik TJ, West NEJ, Black E, McDonald D, Ratnatunga C, Pillai R, Channon KM. Superoxide production by NAD(P)H oxidase in human saphenous veins: relationship to endothelial dysfunction and clinical risk factors. Circulation Research 2000; 86: e85-e90.


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