Professor Clifford Garratt

Consultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist


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Personal profile

Professor Garratt is a clinical academic with an interest in arrhythmias and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Particularly, his research and clinical interests focus on the mechanisms and management of atrial fibrillation and the familial sudden cardiac death syndromes.

In addition to providing a clinical service relating to invasive electrophysiology (catheter ablation procedures and defibrillator implants) at Central Manchester University Foundation Trust Professor Garratt runs the regional Inherited Cardiac Conditions Clinic, accepting referrals for management of patients with ion channelopathies and cardiomyopathies. Professor Garratt is co-chair of the Heart Rhythm UK Working group on Clinical Management of Familial Sudden Death syndromes and have held several national roles relating to arrhythmia research and management. Professor Garratt runs an experimental programme of research into the mechanisms of atrial fibrillation.

Professor Garratt is Vice-President Elect (Education and Research) of the British Cardiovascular Society, with responsibility for organisation of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Society. He qualified in Medicine from Magdalen College, Oxford University and The Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Thereafter, he held junior doctor appointments in London (Guys, St Thomas’, Hammersmith, Brompton, University College Hospitals) before researching into cardiac arrhythmias at St George’s Hospital London and the Royal Brompton Hospital. Professor Garratt was British Heart Foundation International Fellow at the University of Maastricht and Senior Lecturer at Leicester University before moving to Manchester in 1997. He is currently a Professor of Cardiology at Manchester University and Hon Consultant Cardiologist at Central Manchester University Foundation Trust.

Clinical Interests

  • Management of cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and ventricular tachycardia (VT)
  • Catheter ablation procedures
  • Implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Genetic forms of heart disease including Brugada syndrome and Long QT syndrome
  • Assessment of relatives of sudden death victims

Professional Memberships

  • British Cardiovascular Society
  • Heart Rhythm UK
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • European Society of Cardiology

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