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Dr Alessandro Giardini
MD, PhD
Cardiology
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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

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

 

Reviews

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

12-01-2018
We were very impressed by how you conducted the examination, the overall friendliness and the quality of the explanation. The whole session was exemplary from our perspective and compares well to other consultations we’ve had recently.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

12-01-2018
We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Alessandro Giardini for providing an excellent service and a pleasant experience on the occasion of our consultation on 22nd December, 2017. An Electrocardiogram performed on a one-year old can engender some apprehension in parents; Dr. Giardini’s positive disposition and the reassurance that he offered dispelled any anxiety that we may have otherwise felt. Most importantly, he was able to put little Lorenzo at ease as he provided a nice, calm, softly lit environment in which his presence and the caring tone in his voice contributed to an examination that did not feel invasive or upsetting. The staff at Harley Street Clinic were equally professional and affable, and accommodating of our needs. We are equally thankful to our paediatrician for the referral and recommend Dr. Giardini as a considerate, experienced, welcoming paediatric cardiology specialist.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

12-01-2018
We would not hesitate to recommend Dr Giardini. He was quick to respond to our message and booked an appointment for us within a matter of days. His manner with our daughter was wonderful - gentle and funny, putting her at ease immediately. He explained everything he was doing, gave a very thorough diagnosis and advised us on how to move forward. We left feeling confident and informed.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

17-12-2017
Thank you for the report. Thank you also for your time at the recent consultation at the Mill Hill Clinic and for accommodating us at short notice. We were extremely stressed and concerned about our daughter but you certainly put our minds at rest by thoroughly going through our daughter' s past history, performing the tests on the day and then sharing the results with us and also talking us through the potential causes. You also answered all of our question without rushing us. The level of empathy you showed was exceptional. You have also since then very promptly organised for our daughter to be seen at GOSH for other tests to be carried out. While we don't know the cause of our daughter's illness just yet , we are so relieved that she is now under your care. May I also take this opportunity to thank your assistant Dee who was extremely helpful .

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-11-2017
My 4 year old daughter and I had a very positive experience during my daughter's consultation with Dr Giardini and his nursing support staff. My daughter seemed to feel at ease throughout the process and she was happy when we left. I left confident and reassured that my child had received an expert assessment of her condition. Dr Giardini made an effort to stop by reception and say hello to my daughter as he entered the building which she commented on later so I believe this added to her level of comfort with this unusual process. I would happily recommend Dr Giardini for you and your child, he has a happy disposition and was very warm with my child and with me.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

22-11-2017
I really appreciate the appointment we had, it was convenient, fast and having all the equipment in the same place helped everything run quickly. Thank you very much.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-11-2017
We were relieved that Charlotte had nothing seriously wrong with her heart, thank you for checking her over, we were very impressed by your professionalism. It is fantastic to see someone with such a marvellous range of skills as yourself.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

09-11-2017
We were very happy with all elements of the consultation. I particularly appreciated the speed in which you were able to schedule an appointment with Jackson. I found your “bedside” manner to be great. You were patient and accommodating with my son’s unusual/upset behaviour. You explained the results you found to me very clearly. The nurse was fantastic and the facilities were lovely & comfortable.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

02-11-2017
On the whole, your process, clear explanation and manner provided a lot of reassurance during an uncertain and worrying time. The process was decisive and gave us a lot of confidence we were in safe hands. At the same time your gentle manner was the perfect balance of professional, kind and fun and this put us all very much at ease - particularly Sophia. Your explanations were pitched just right too. Not too scientific to bamboozle and not too simplistic to cloud the issue. Often we are frustrated by doctors not offering enough information until pressed. Your explanation of how you interpreted the ECG was fascinating. The little things help too. When we emailed your secretary to find out which part of the hospital the exercise test would take place in, you replied instantly. It just all reinforces that feeling of being in someone’s care. So many thanks again. We wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you again in six months.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

12-10-2017
So thankful for Dr Giardini's prompt and compassionate responses. He helped us understand our daughter's condition and the treatment she needs.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

05-10-2017
We where obviously delighted that you able to tell us immediately that we had no cause for concern but we wanted to thank you for seeing us so promptly and at a time that suited our busy family schedule.

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05-10-2017
Thank you very much for my daughter’s report, which I was pleased to read.  The consultation was excellent, your examination seemed very thorough and not at all rushed. I cannot believe there were no tears from her (who is a very shy, nervous child), a great testament to your manner with children!  Your explanations were clear and detailed too which helped to reassure me.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

04-10-2017
Thank you so much for seeing my son. You have greatly reassured us about his condition and it has been a weight off our minds. You are a fantastic doctor, and I also thank you for the letter sent. We shall see you soon in the following months.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

04-10-2017
Thank you so much for your feedback and report on my son. Your professionalism and interaction with my son at the assessment was exceptional. You helped him to feel calm and relaxed as you explained everything before doing it. It was a relaxed atmosphere and your feedback after the appointment was detailed and thorough.

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30-09-2017
We thank you very much indeed for reviewing our son so thoroughly and with so much patience explaining us everything. Daniel felt very relaxed and secured, and remembers the exams calmly and happy. We both felt reassured that Daniel 's heart is normal and he can lead a normal life.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-09-2017
I've had the pleasure to meet Dr Giardini in a consultation for my daughter. First of all, we were really pleased with a wonderful reception. Dr Giardini showed us great respect and empathy and took the time to explain to us the diagnosis, the explanation and all of the possible solutions. His approach was direct, yet very humanitarian. He showed all the values one would expect from a doctor of his stature. A great professional with a wonderful personality, I would surely recommend him to all patients. It has been a great pleasure, and I would definitely be happy to see him again should the circumstances require me to.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

22-09-2017
Dr Giardini responded quickly to my consultation request for my 9-year old daughter and saw us at a very short notice. During the consultation, he was very thorough and took care to examine the circumstances and history in great detail. He is very up to date about the latest technology in follow-up and ongoing monitoring. He is patient and thorough in communicating the diagnosis.

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22-09-2017
Thank you. We found your consultation professional and very reassuring. Your calm manner also put us very much at ease.

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17-09-2017
I have to say that it was such a relief to get the diagnosis on my son's condition! The way in which you dealt with my son was absolutely brilliant. You listened attentively to what had happened to him since June and gave a very clear (jargon free) explanation on what is wrong and how it should be treated. We were very impressed!!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-09-2017
Dr Giardini responded quickly to my consultation request for my 9-year old daughter and saw us at a very short notice. During the consultation, he was very thorough and took care to examine the circumstances and history in great detail. He is very up to date about the latest technology in follow-up and ongoing monitoring. He is patient and thorough in communicating the diagnosis.

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14-09-2017
I've had the pleasure to meet Dr Giardini in a consultation for my daughter Malak. First of all, we were really pleased with a wonderful reception. Dr Giardini showed us great respect and empathy and took the time to explain to us the diagnosis, the explanation and all of the possible solutions. His approach was direct, yet very humanitarian. He showed all the values one would expect from a doctor of his stature. A great professional with a wonderful personality, I would surely recommend him to all patients. It has been a great pleasure, and I would definitely be happy to see him again should the circumstances require me to.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

09-09-2017
Thank you so much for seeing my son today. From the moment I booked the appointment with you I felt confident in your work and approach. You was extremely punctual and very informative throughout the whole appointment. You was amazing with my 6 week old son. Thank you so much for your thorough investigations and for making my wife and I feel a million percent better.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

23-06-2017
Very happy with Mr Giardini. Very kind and helpful. I would happily recommend him .

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18-04-2017
Very informative and friendly. Results were available then and there.

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29-03-2017
Very easy to book and Dr Giardini is an excellent doctor.

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27-01-2017
Dr Giardini saw our son who is diagnosed with heart murmur. After an echocardiogram, he told us our son is completely healthy. His explanations were very clear and reassuring. His manner put both our son and us at ease and I will definitely recommend Dr Giardini to our family and friends!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

16-01-2017
The responsiveness and level of service was evident from the first contact as I was offered a convenient appointment almost immediately and it was Alessandro himself who replied to my general email appointment request. Alessandro has an excellent rapport with children, from his "crocodile clips" to sharing his stickers and playing with the ultrasound jelly! Although we received unexpectedly bad news he delivered it as best you can and more importantly, later that evening he happily responded to a barrage of questions as the reality sunk in for my wife and I. Alessandro's communication skills, in both his answers as well as his almost instantaneous replies to emails, are excellent. He recommended the surgeon and advised on the appropriate timing of the surgery and remained in contact throughout. Alessandro was the first person we saw after the operation and he took the time to explain how theatre had gone and reassure us before we saw our son in ICU. The staff in the Bear cardiac ward are a credit to the hospital and Alessandro as they work as a real team. There is help and understanding through the difficult post operation recovery whilst your child begins to heal and starts to walk and recover generally. The level of caring and support is also illustrated by the absence of any rush to discharge you to ensure both the parents and the child are ready to be at home for the next stage of recovery. Alessandro is incredibly approachable and personable and I genuinely believe that nothing is too much trouble for him. He and his team make an unbelievably stressful period manageable as well as providing what I would be consider to be an exceptional level of expertise in paediatric cardiac treatment. Its been twelve days post operation now and our son is running around and as happy as he always was with no negative memories of his recent painful experiences.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

13-01-2017
It is a pleasure to deal with a knowledgable professional who knows and loves his job - during consultation my son’s heart was checked thoroughly and detailed explanation provided along with an informative consultation letter. 8-year-old boy felt comfortable and surprisingly had fun during our appointment with a very friendly assistant and a kind consultant.

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20-12-2016
We are very pleased with the high quality of our consultation with Dr Alessandro Giardini. He gave very prompt attention to our request for an appointment and obliged immediately with an appointment time the very next day. Alessandro's personable approach was most appreciated as he was warm and friendly throughout. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend his expertise to others in the future.

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24-10-2016
We contacted Dr Giardini on a thursday and he saw our daughter the following day which was fantastic. He put all of us at complete ease and was amazing with our daughter from the minute he met us till we left. It was a great weight off our shoulders after he had examined her thoroughly and given us positive news. Would highly recommend. Thank you so much.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

28-06-2016
From the outset, Dr Giardini was friendly and warm, politely spending some time to get to know us and the circumstances leading to our appointment. He was professional throughout the appointment and made sure he was thorough in his diagnosis. We are grateful that Dr Giardini could accommodate us so soon after contacting him and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others.

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13-06-2016
I took my 9 year old son to Dr Giardini for an examination and I must say that I was very impressed by his approach. Dr. Giardini was absolutely wonderful and very friendly. He is extremely knowledgeable, very patient and answered all of my questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Giardini to anyone!

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02-06-2016
Dr Giardini was highly professional and clearly answered all of our questions. He has a great bedside manner with young children and made it a low-stress consultation.

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08-05-2016
We are extremely pleased with the services provided by Dr. Giardini. He was extremely helpful and kind from the start. He is also very knowledgeable, thoroughly examining our daughter and explaining every part of the exam he was performing to me. He is also very kind and nice with the children, which I believe is also very important. Whenever I contacted him with questions, he responded immediately. Our experience with Dr. Giardini has been extremely positive, we are very thankful and would definitely recommend him to anyone in need.

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06-05-2016
Dr Giardini is very knowledgeable with the paediatric cardiac matters. Our experience with him has been absolutely wonderful. Besides the excellent care he has provided to our daughter technically, he has been very considerate with us as parents. Not only he is fantastic with children, he has also made himself available to us at weekends and evenings when we have had queries, for which we have been very grateful. These qualities have given us great satisfaction in thinking that our daughter is in very safe hands for her treatment. Thank you Dr Giardini.

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05-05-2016
Dear Dr Giardini, I am writing to thank you for seeing my son at such short notice, I appreciated your prompt response and sense of urgency in scheduling our appointment. I am also grateful for the warmth, empathy and patience that you showed during the consultation. Despite walking in with some degree of anxiety, both my 10-yr old son and myself were made to feel comfortable within minutes of meeting you. We left feeling informed and reassured, and wish to thank you for taking the time to answer all our questions in a clear, thorough and exhaustive manner, while explaining and interpreting your findings during your assessment. I am looking forward to meeting you again soon to assess my other children.

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04-04-2016
Dr Giardini was my daughter’s cardiologist when we were referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital for heart surgery to repair her tricuspid valve. It was a hugely frightening time for us as a family – and Dr Giardini was tremendous. He was exceptionally responsive, professional, and thoughtful. He answered all my questions whether by email or in person quickly and clearly, in a reassuring and straightforward way. He was open and gentle with my daughter. We felt 100% looked after and that we were given the absolutely best medical care possible, but also the best support and kindness possible. I cannot say how lucky we feel that we were referred to him.

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23-03-2016
We have booked an appointment for my 20 month old daughter to see Dr. Alessandro Giardini on Saturday morning the 19th March 2016. The reason was that our Paediatrician heard a systolic murmur and he advised us to see a specialist to double check. We could have not asked for a better Consultant to visit our daughter, very helpful and friendly from the start. Very understandable and experienced to deal with children (my daughter is very active). From the start he made us feel at ease, and the visit went very smooth. Very happy of the choice and I would definitely recommend him to everyone. After the visit we went home very happy and assured.

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15-03-2016
Dear Dr Giardini, Thank you for your thorough and most reassuring assessment of our four year old's heart. Your ability to engage with and get cooperation from him so quickly was notable. There are always so many things to worry about as parents, and now, we thankfully have one less!

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04-03-2016
I would like to thank you for your prompt and professional attention in seeing my son. As you recognise it is an anxious situation as a parent to have concerns raised about your child's heart. The speed with which you made an appointment available to us and your clear explanation of the reasons for the concern was very reassuring. Your manner with our son was very relaxed and reassuring. He was utterly fascinated by the process of the consultation and delighted in seeing his heart beating. Your expertise is evident and your obvious passion for paediatric cardiology is deeply moving.

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03-03-2016
All of us wish to thank you Dr. Alessandro, I offer my heartfelt thanks for the treatment and care for my son Qassim received under your careful supervision. He had a speedy recovery, the credit for which goes to you. I am pleased to inform you that my son is doing well. My family and I are grateful to you and the hospital staff for all that you have done for us specially following up with us on his condition and providing all the support even though Qassim is no more in the hospital by advising us which medicines to take to recover from a infection he had. Once again many thanks for your care and concern.

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02-03-2016
We found Dr Giardini to be very understanding and final give my daughter an diagnoses after 3 years and having seen 15 specialists that had no answers , he has then supported us as a family to find other teams with a POTS understanding We feel we may have not had a diagnosis without his dedication

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