Dr Zarrin Shaikh


BMBS, BMedSci (Hons), MRCP (UK), PhD

GMC number: 6028123

Practising since: 2001



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Dr Shaikh qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2001. She has trained in Nottingham, Cardiff, London and Liverpool and this broad experience has provided an excellent grounding in all aspects of cardiology. Her specialty interest is cardiac imaging, specifically advanced echocardiography and cardiac MRI. She has lectured locally and nationally on these topics.

Dr Shaikh investigates and treats a broad range of cardiac issues including chest pain, palpitations, hypertension, heart failure and heart valve disease. Her PhD involved studying sleep and she has a particular interest in the crossover between sleep disorders and cardiac health.

She can perform and interpret all initial cardiac investigations including echocardiography (ultrasound scanning of the heart). If required, Dr Shaikh performs this echocardiogram at the same time as the initial appointment. She can arrange advanced cardiac imaging with CT or MRI if necessary. She can also arrange for any invasive testing if required.

She knows how unsettling cardiac symptoms can be and strives to get to the root cause of the issues whilst being as reassuring as possible.

Dr Shaikh is a fellow on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs programme and has augmented her medical career with a new media-driven initiative entitled “The Fresh Heart Project”. This was initially set up to disseminate evidence-based information on optimising health and preventing cardiac disease via podcasts and videos. Fresh Heart Project is now a health focused film and video production company. She is currently producing the initial slate of Fresh Heart Project short films.

Special interests

Cardiac prevention, cardiac risk factor management, chest pain or angina, palpitations or cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart failure, heart murmurs or heart valve disease, collapse

Personal interests

Dr Shaikh loves spending time with her son, her family and her friends. She is currently producing a documentary film as part of the initial slate of Fresh Heart Project Films. She enjoys playing the guitar (at a very amateur level!), going to the gym and practicing yoga.

Locations Dr Zarrin Shaikh works with

Related experience


In 2008 Dr Shaikh successfully obtained a grant from the British Heart Foundation that enabled her to study the role of intracardiac shunting of blood in obstructive sleep apnoea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was subsequently awarded a PhD from Imperial College London in 2012. Her PhD sparked an interest in the relationship of sleep with cardiac health. She continues to educate patient groups and health professionals on this topic.


  • British Society of Echocardiography
  • British Society of Cardiac MRI
  • NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow

Insurers Dr Zarrin Shaikh works with

Dr Zarrin Shaikh works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Bupa
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Cigna
  • Westfield Health WPA


Dr Zarrin Shaikh does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr Zarrin Shaikh does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr Zarrin Shaikh does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.