“It is a big problem if you do have epilepsy but even a bigger problem if you don’t have it.”

Dr Adam Fitzpatrick, consultant cardiologist, electrophysiologist, and leading authority on blackouts, spoke to the Manchester Cardiovascular Society for an exclusive interview where he talked about his ‘blackouts’ clinic set up in 2007 and the challenges in his line of work.

Dr Fitzpatrick, tell us a bit about your background.
My father was in the air-force and I was the first person in my family to go to university. I suppose I was rather unsure about the variety of options but it then narrowed to a choice of either doing medicine or law. In fact, I did A-levels in arts and eventually did a one year conversion to do medicine. I then trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London.

Why did you specialise in cardiology?
It was quite a difficult choice. Cardiology was the right combination of research and intellectual challenge, with big content for procedural activities. There are cardiologists involved in stenting for patients with angina, others look at congenital disease of the heart, and my particular area of interest has been heart rhythm disorders.

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