Dr Patrick Heck completed his undergraduate medical training at Gonville and Caius College in the University of Cambridge before undertaking his clinical studies at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, qualifying in 2000. Thereafter, he pursued his training in General Medicine and Cardiology in Oxford and then Cambridge, at Papworth Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
After being awarded a British Heart Foundation grant Dr Heck completed a period of research and was awarded the Doctor of Medicine from Oxford University in 2010. He secured a Clinical Fellowship in Melbourne, Australia, under Professor Kalman, a world expert in the management of cardiac arrhythmias from 2010-2011. During this time he specialised in complex 3-D electro-anatomical mapping of arrhythmias and the ablation of Atrial Fibrillation.
Dr Heck was appointed as a Consultant at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2012. He also has a regular NHS satellite clinic in Bedford General Hospital. In his current role, he is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cardiac arrhythmia. He regularly undertakes the insertion of pacemakers, defibrillators, cardiac resynchronisation therapy and all aspects of ablation therapy including the treatment of supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
In 2016 was appointed as Clinical Lead for Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) at Royal Papworth Hospital, where he oversees the running of the CRM department. During this time he has expanded the Consultant team from six to eight, with a particular focus on developing the research profile of the service.
As well as his full time role as a clinical cardiologist, Dr Heck is dedicated to education and teaching and is responsible for the clinical supervision and training of cardiology registrars, cardiology fellows as well as other allied health professionals and acts as an appraiser for his Consultant colleagues.