Dr Marco Spartera

Dr Marco Spartera

Cardiology 07570461


  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Cardiac CT/MRI
  • General cardiology


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

Dr Marco Spartera MD DPhil (PhD Oxon)

Dr Spartera works as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Great Western Hospital and at John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).

He obtained his PhD at the University of Oxford funded by NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. He is an international expert in multi-modality cardiovascular imaging and diagnosis of complex cardiac conditions including sources of ischaemic stroke, obesity-related conditions, medical/causal management of atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease, and heart failure.

Special interests include:
- Cardiac MRI expert with weekly sessions as consultant cardiologist at the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance (OCMR) at the John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford, UK)
- Complex multi-modality imaging expert including advanced cardiac ultrasound (transoesophageal echocardiography or TOE, dobutamine-stress echocardiography or DSE, transthoracic echocardiography or TTE, cardiac CT)
- Blood clots, cardioembolic stroke, TIA, or systemic embolism (Dr Spartera works out the causes behind symptoms and arranges specific medications or interventions including PFO closure etc.)
- Leaky and/or narrow heart valve (Dr Spartera assesses whether the valve needs a procedure/surgery or whether it needs specific medications)
- Obesity-related cardiovascular health (Dr Spartera assesses the damages of obesity on the heart and makes plan to curb them as well as for prevention)
- Palpitations and atrial fibrillation (Dr Spartera works out the causes behind palpitations and arranges medications or interventions to tackle to root cause of the problem)
- Chest pain or discomfort such as ‘feels like pressure, squeezing or heaviness’, ‘feels like indigestion or a burning sensation’, ‘feels sharp’, ‘feels sudden and stabbing’, ‘the chest discomfort/pain spread to the left/right arm or spread to the neck, jaw, back or stomach’
- Syncope and pre-syncope such as blackouts, faints, collapses, dizzy spells, fatigue, feeling sick, sweaty, light-headed
- Any general cardiology queries (Dr Spartera looks after patients in acute cardiac unit, general cardiology ward, and outpatient clinics on a weekly basis)

Video/telephone/face-to-face in English or Italian in an enthusiastic, empathetic and compassionate fashion

Research and innovation
Leading a research programme to assess abnormalities of the cardiac flow towards discovering new mechanisms of cardioembolism and heart failure. He is an investigator in LOSE-AF trial (NCT03713775): a Randomized Controlled Trial to investigate whether in older overweight/obese patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) weight loss can improve AF outcomes.

Areas of interest

Heart failure; Valve disease; Chest pain; Obesity-related cardiac defects; PFO; Post-stroke cardiac disease; Palpitations; Heart rhythm abnormalities; Shortness of breath; angina; Murmurs; Blackouts; Stress Echocardiography (ESE, DSE); Trans-Oesophageal-Echo (TOE); Cardiac MRI; Cardiac CT

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