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Dr Prashanth Raju

Intervention Cardiology Consultant


Practices at: Three Shires Hospital

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Personal Profile

Dr Prashanth Raju is an experienced Consultant Intervention Cardiologist at Kettering General Hospital. He has been involved in innovative service developments and was one of the first in the country to use the pioneering shockwave lithotripsy heart procedure in treating complex calcified coronary disease.

Dr Raju obtained Membership of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) from Royal College of Physicians, London in 2006. He is dual accredited in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology. His specialist postgraduate training in cardiology was undertaken in East Midlands region at Grantham, Derby, Glenfield and Lincoln Hospitals. Dr Raju was awarded Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in 2016 by General Medical Council (GMC), London. He undertook high volume coronary intervention during his Interventional Fellowship at highly renowned centre, Kettering General Hospital.

Dr Raju’s training and experience encompass the length and breadth of Cardiology but with a special interest in all aspects of interventional Cardiology. Dr Raju’s practice comprises a broad spectrum of cardiac conditions and he specialises particularly in the management of ischaemic heart disease (angina and the prevention of heart attacks), percutaneous coronary intervention (routine and complex coronary angioplasty and stenting), the investigation of cardiac causes of stroke, hypertension, management of valvular heart disease and the treatment of heart failure. He also takes interest in the investigation of palpitations, dizzy spells, blackouts, chest pain and breathlessness.

In recognition of his services, Dr Raju has been presented with the Clinical Excellence Award by Kettering NHS Trust and he has featured in national ITV and BBC Radio Northampton interviews for new innovative approaches in treating heart conditions.  Furthermore Dr Raju has received acclaim in various publications for his work, including Northamptonshire Telegraph Newspaper and The Daily Mail, the latter of which published a case study of one of Dr Raju’s patient’s titled “Me and My operation”.

Clinical Interests

  • Coronary Angiography – obtaining x-ray images of heart blood supply using contrast dye.
  • Coronary angioplasty/ stenting – fixing blockages with flexible scaffolds
  • Coronary pressure wire studies – to understand and decide if stenting is beneficial or not?
  • Intra-coronary ultrasound – to look closely from inside the heart blood supply
  • Coronary/ ischemic heart disease/Angina – chest tightness due to narrowing inside heart blood supply
  • Heart attacks (Myocardial Infarction) – abrupt closure of heart blood supply which is usually fatal
  • Palpitations/Arrhythmias/Irregular heartbeat – abnormal sensation of heart electrical activity
  • Dizzy Spells/ Blackouts/Syncope – loss of consciousness thought be due to heart problem
  • Implantable loop recorder implant and explant – to closely monitor heart electrical activity over 2-3 years
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension /High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation – abnormal irregular heart electrical activity and one of the risk factor for stroke
  • Breathlessness/Leg swelling/edema/Heart failure
  • Diseases of heart valves – narrowed or leaky valves

Research Interests

  • Co investigator in major International randomized controlled clinical trials. Special interest in coronary disease, angioplasty, blood thinner medication after heart attack. Trial involved in recently – ERIC PPCI, TWILIGHT, Pressure Wire.

Professional Memberships

  • British Cardiovascular Intervention Society Member (BCIS)
  • Euro PCR Companion membership 
  • British Cardiovascular Society Member (BCS)

  • Intervention Cardiology Consultant at Kettering General Hospital

Articles in local and National Media


  • Prognostic Importance of Tissue Velocity Imaging during exercise echocardiography in patients with systolic heart failure. JV Zalen, NR Patel, SJ Podd, P Raju et al. Echo Research and Practice 2015 Vol. 2, issue 1
  • Aortic valve calcification – a commonly observed but frequently ignored finding during CT scanning of the chest. P Raju et al Int J Clin Pract, June 2012, 66, 6, 552–555
  • Aortic Valve Disease on CT Examination of the Chest: A Missed Opportunity. Raju P, Sallomi D, Patel N, Lloyd G. Br J Hosp Medicine 2011:72(8): 470 - 471
  • Severe rheumatic mitral stenosis in a young Caucasian man: A forgotten entity Raju P, Rao GK, Morrison L, et al. Int J of Case Reports and Images. 2011; 2(3):9-11
  • Pericardial Effusion in patients with Schizophrenia. Are they on clozapine? P Raju, G K Rao, G Davis. Emerg. Med. J. June 2008; 25 (6): 383-384
  • Exercise induced contractile reserve is a good predictor of postoperative functional capacity in severe mitral regurgitation patients undergoing mitral valve repair.
  • P. Raju et al J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010 May;23(5):B70
  • Stress echocardiography predicts post operative functional capacity in severe mitral regurgitation patients undergoing mitral valve repair. P. Raju, R.A.McIntosh, J. Silberbauer et al Eur J Echocardiogr 2010; 11(suppl 2):P720
  • Use of Composite cardiovascular risk calculator in current practice. P Raju, GK Rao, et al Eur. Heart J., September 2008; 29: 505 – 732
  • Cardiac Metastasis- an unusual cause of left atrial massS Koo, P Raju, G Davis, Coronary Heart Journal, issue 17, page 12-13, March 2009
  • Average Basal Left Ventricular Systolic Velocity Is The Best Echocardiographic Predictor of Cardiovascular Exercise Capacity. McIntosh RA, Raju P, et al, Echo 2009; 68:28-29.
  • Use of the Joint British Society cardiovascular risk calculator before initiating statins for primary prevention in hospital medicine: experience from a large university teaching hospital. Garg P, Raju P, Sondej E, et al, Int J Gen Med. 2010 Nov 19;3: 379-82.