Dr Alessandro Giardini

Dr Alessandro Giardini

MD, PhD

Cardiology

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2 specialists

13 years of experience
Video consultation available

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“Dr Giardini was fabulous....knew and saw what was wrong with our son immediately and took the steps to get him the best help. He has a wonderful calming manner and reassures you throughout the process.“
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Subspecialty

  • Paediatric Cardiology
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Italian
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 6165846
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £150 - £330

    Practices worked at

    The Portland Hospital

    234 Great Portland Street, London, United Kingdom, W1W 5QT
    385 reviews

    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street, london, United Kingdom, W1G
    180 reviews

    About

    Dr Alessandro Giardini has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2007 where he is the Director of Inpatient Services. He oversees the care of all children admitted to the hospital for investigation and treatment of congenital or acquired heart defects. 

    Dr. Giardini completed medical school in Bologna, Italy, where he also got his PhD in the pathophysiology of heart failure in patients with congenital heart disease. He completed his specialist training in Paediatric Cardiology at the University of Bologna, Italy, and at the University of California in San Francisco.

    As he is an expert in the diagnosis and management of children with congenital heart disease, in particular hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He is the lead for cardiology in-patient services. He also runs specialist clinics for children with paediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Exercise physiology and the investigation and treatment of syncope and chest pain are also interests.

    Dr. Giardini is particularly renowned in providing guidance for children with documented cardiac disease as well as those who complain of symptoms which arise during exercise, such as chest pain, palpitations or fainting/syncope. Dr. Giardini provides cardiology advice and assessment to children and adolescents who actively participate or are planning to participate in sports or those children who are practicing a sport at an athletic or competitive level. He is patient-focussed and very compassionate and understanding with children.

    Dr Giardini says: "For me, families are an essential part of the One Team concept that underlies everything we do in treating children in the cardiac ward. Our care is highly technical but must be delivered in a humane, personalised way".

     
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    Medical procedures

    • Children and adolescents with congenital heart disease.
    • Exercise testing in Children
    • Cardiac investigations
    • Screening of cardiomyopathies
    • Screening for congenital heart defect (CHD)
    • Pre sport participation screening.
    • Genetic Heart Defects
    • Head up tilt test and active standing test for postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and syncope (fainting/blackout).
     
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    Special interests

    Research Interests Include;

    • Usefulness of exercise testing to predict the risk of children and adolescents with congenital heart disease.
    • The genetic causes of congenital heart disease (in collaboration with USA centres).
    • Results of surgery for children with single ventricles, hypo plastic left heart syndrome and Fontan operation.
    • Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and syncope/loss of consciusness
    • Chest pain
     
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    Education

    Primary Medical Qualification 

    State Exam 1999 Universita' degli Studi di Bologna (MD)

    CCST in Cardiology (Paediatric Cardiology) in 2004

    PhD in Paediatric Cardiology in 2007

    Specialist Register Entry Date 

    Cardiology From 20 Aug 2007

     

     
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    Reviews

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    Dr Giardini was fabulous....knew and saw what was wrong with our son immediately and took the steps to get him the best help. He has a wonderful calming manner and reassures you throughout the process.
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    Simple the best doctor for infants
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    Professional, kind and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend Dr Giardini.
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    Dr Alessandro is very friendly and patient.
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    Dear Dr Giardini Many thanks for seeing us yesterday.We are very pleased with your thorough questioning/ exploration of issues / background and more importantly talking us through your findings of the echo which provided us with the re- assurance that Kofi’s heart was functioning as well as it should. You were very professional and friendly too which made us feel very comfortable. In summary, we were very pleased with the consultation.
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    Thank you so much for the report and for a very thorough and professional consultation. From our first interaction over the phone, I felt reassured that my concerns are taken seriously and that Maxim would receive excellent care, which is exactly what happened. When a parent is worried about their child potentially having a cardiac problem, every day or indeed hour can seem very long. Thank you so much indeed for seeing Maxim so promptly and for finding a way to accommodate us without him missing his nativity play. From beginning to end, the test and consultation were extremely well organised and professionally conducted. Thank you also for bearing with me and answering all of my questions.
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    Very warm and welcoming team upon arrival that really know how to handle Nicolo' through the initial measurements and ECG. We appreciated your patience both with Nicolo' and with our numerous questions throughout the consultation and for the frankness and clarity with which you explained his condition. Frankly, we left your offices having a much better understanding of Nicolo's prognosis and future potential risks than we did with any other paediatric cardiologist who saw our son.
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    The service was exceptional. Dr Giardini is very caring, he is informative and very thorough. I felt confident that my 15 year old son was in the right hands.
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    Fantastic Doctor, extremely thorough with great empathy both to Parents and Child. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
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    You were very good at handling our son and making him feel at ease. Your bedside manners really helped my wife have great confidence in your assessment. It was definitely an easy experience at a time when as parents one would be very concerned. I would have no hesitations in recommending yourself to my patients or other parents.
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    A man of exceptional kindness and empathy. He is also not one to baffle with medical jargon that most of us lesser mortals cannot understand. One really feels in safe and knowledgeable hands. I only have praise for the care my son received from him.
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    Thank you for seeing her at such short notice, and taking into account her medical history, and encouraging questions to be asked. Also taking your time to listen to how she felt and allowing her to make up her own mind. Thank you for recommending the ECG machine for her. I must say the nurses were very professional, helpful and understanding. The investigation that was carried out was thorough and informative, and you were able to put both my and her mind at ease to know that she wasn’t having a heart attack :)
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    A great doctor. Friendly and approachable and really nice with my daughter.
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    We were thrilled with both the speed of the appointment and your expertise, we have recommended you to one of our close friends recently for his son.
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    Dr Giardini put us at ease and explained everything fully. he was very patient and did not feel rushed. Very friendly.
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    Fully has my trust, very engaged.
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    Very nice gentleman, made a very nervous patient feel at ease and confident enough to have a scan taken.
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    Very professional, thorough and answered all questions. Very empathetic. Thank you!
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    It was a very good experience overall 10/10 and not just because the test was all clear. You were empathetic and understood our position really well. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you.
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    We appreciate your thorough investigation and are grateful that there is nothing to be concerned about. Our daughter has taken on board your recommendations and can hopefully learn how to cope with the symptoms going forward. The whole process was very simple and stress free, so thank you once again.
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    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 2 doctors for:
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    Cardiology

    Dr Francesco Lo Monaco
    Dr Francesco Lo Monaco
    Cardiology

    12-04-2018

    Dr Giardini is very professional, excellent physician who has taken care of some of my paediatric patients. He is a very knowledgeable, reliable, empathetic doctor and I would recommend him to everyone looking for the best Paediatric Cardiologist in London.

    For specialty: Cardiology
    Connection: I have referred patients to them
    Professor Melvin Lobo
    Professor Melvin Lobo
    General Medicine,Cardiology

    03-09-2020

    Dr Giardini is a first rate clinician and internationally recognised Paediatric Cardiologist. He is highly respected by peers and the excellent patient feedback he receives is testament to his oustanding communication skills and thorough approach. I am pleased to refer patients to him knowing they are in very capable and compassionate hands.

    For specialty: Cardiology
    For procedures: Video Consultation
    Connection: Is a colleague

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