Dr Dhanjal wins International Award
19 July 2011
A clinical lecturer from the Cardiovascular Division in the School of Medicine has won an international award after diagnosing and treating a patient with a rare heart problem at Guy’s Hospital. Dr Tarvinder Dhanjal won the European Heart Rhythm Association’s electrophysiology case college prize, following a presentation at its biennial meeting about how he diagnosed and cured a patient with two different heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), one of which was masking the other.
Dr Dhanjal is currently training in electrophysiology, a branch of heart medicine treating dangerously abnormal heartbeats. His patient had undergone surgery, but retained a dangerously rapid heartbeat that was unresponsive to drug treatment. Dr Dhanjal identified a second arrhythmia, which had previously been hidden as it was exactly half the speed of the original heart flutter. Such a condition is very rare, and makes diagnosis particularly difficult.
After describing the case at a weekly training session, Dr Dhanjal was encouraged to enter the competition, aimed at electrophysiologists and researchers under 35. He presented his case to the world’s heart rhythm experts at the meeting in Spain and was successful.
Dr Dhanjal commented: ‘I am delighted and proud that I have won this competition.'