At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 93
Dr Walker has over
35 years' broad
MEET THE EXPERT
Dr J Malcolm
Walker BSc MB
ChB MD FRCP.
After gaining his
in Birmingham and Poole.
He specialised in cardiology at both St
Thomas' Hospital London and Oxford,
before being appointed at University
College Hospital London (UCH) in 1987.
He is the clinical lead for cardiology
at UCH and until recently performed a
full range of interventional treatments,
including angioplasty and stents. He
also pioneered two highly specialised
areas of medicine, 'red cell' cardiology
In addition to his research and NHS
work at UCH, Dr Walker undertakes
private consultations at his private
practice at Harley Street @ UCH.
BENEFIT FROM THE
OF AN EXPERT
service for patients at UCL, in
partnership with Bart's Heart Centre.'
Collaboration is key
Pioneering research into new methods
of providing cardio-protection for
patients receiving chemotherapy
is currently taking place at the Hatter
Cardiovascular Institute (HCI) within
UCH. This is in combination with
well-established heart therapies, such
as cholesterol lowering, close control
of blood pressure and exercise plans
for patients - all of which have proven
benefits in reducing heart complications.
A collaboration with oncology means
that the best models of care - not
over-medicalising the many to protect
the few - can provide cancer patients
with the surveillance that they need.
For example, Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) is an extraordinary
resource for investigating the heart.
It doesn't involve radiation and gives
unparalleled views of cardiac structure
and function, to complement the more
readily available technologies, such as the
ECG, echocardiography and CT scanning.
However, MRI scanners are highly
sophisticated and the scans expensive.
At HCI, investigations are made using
ultra-fast MRI scans, which take less than
10 minutes to perform. They reduce costs
and improve accessibility and tolerability
to this important diagnostic tool. Studies
are ongoing at the Hatter Cardiovascular
Institute to help the specialists better
manage the needs of their patients in
the cardio-oncology arena.
limit themselves to the 'organ specific'
specialties that modern medicine
has evolved to treat. Drugs can have
unwanted and unexpected effects on
tissues outside their intended targets.
Over 35 years of broad medical and
cardiovascular experience has given
Dr Walker a deep appreciation of the
interrelationship between the heart,
the circulation and the whole person.
Therefore, he's well-placed to detect
the 'unusual' in medicine and how to
best to exploit the array of modern
investigation methods to better
diagnose and manage a patient and
An holistic approach
Patients, particularly those with
long-term conditions, such as cancer
survivors, need a 'whole-system'
approach to their management.
Illnesses do not always conveniently
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