Why didyou choose to
specialise in cardiology?
As I was growing up, I always
wanted to be a doctor. I was drawn
to Cardiology as a specialty as it all
makes sense – the heart is basically
just a ‘pump’. By understanding this,
it is possible to explain to patients
what is happening to them, which
people find reassuring, and how
their problems can be resolved.
What is the most
rewarding part ofyour
When a patient is having a heart
attack and is very unwell and in
a lot of pain, I can perform an
angioplasty and ‘pop’ a stent into
their artery, which gives them
immediate pain relief and improves
their long-term health.That is
instant gratification for me and
Dr Brian Clapp
I have three small children and we are all
going for a bike ride this weekend. Hopefully,
I won’t be doing any DIY. On Sunday, I’ll be
cooking roast dinner for all the family and
Granny and Grandpa.
Whatwas the last CDthatyou
The last CD I bought was for my
goddaughter who plays the Cello.The
CD was byYo-Yo Ma and is a collection
of classical music that I hope will inspire
her own playing.
Where isyour most favourite
Every year since I was a child, I have been
going to Cornwall, to a place called St
Mawes, as my Dad is a keen sailor. I now
take my family there and I find it most
Whatareyour favourite hobbies?
I enjoy walking, cycling and just getting out in
to the fresh air.
And now for the more lighthearted ones:
Firstly – the serious questions:
What is thetitle ofyour ‘best read’
A novel by Jostein Gaarder called ‘Sophie’s
World’, which is a child’s eye look at philosophy.
What isyour ‘best buy’ so farthis
A difficult question – I bought my 1-year-old
daughter a cycle helmet that has strawberries
all over it! Very cute.
Whowouldyou most liketo
be stranded ona desert island
Ifyou could change anything in
theworld,whatwould it be and
It would be fantastic if people didn’t ignore
cardiac chest pain or mistake it for something
else.The saddest part of my work is meeting
a patient who has already caused a large
amount of damage to their heart, through
a heart attack, when we know that if they
had presented earlier, they would have had
a much better outcome.
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