Dr Alistair Begg

Dr Alistair Begg MBBS FRACP FCSANZ DDU is an experienced cardiologist with expertise in cardiac imaging including exercise stress echocardiography, CT coronary angiography, coronary intervention and general cardiology. Alistair joined SA Heart in 2007 and consults regularly at our Ashford clinic.

Alistair graduated from medicine at the University of Adelaide in 1989 and commenced training in cardiology at Flinders Medical Centre. During his post-fellowship in Sydney, Alistair specialised in cardiac imaging. In 1996, he was awarded his Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Alistair continued on to obtain his Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound in 1997 and, in 2006, he was awarded his Fellowship of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Two years later, he completed level 2 training for CT coronary angiography and enjoys working together with radiology to co-report these tests.

Alistair has many years of private practice experience in Sydney and Adelaide. His focus is on exercise testing and cardiac imaging. Alistair is particularly interested in patients with chest pain, heart failure, and significant risk factors—as well as the benefits of diet and exercise in preventing cardiac illness. He is actively involved in cardiac rehabilitation.

As a schoolboy, an unfortunate tragedy involving a fellow student instilled in Alistair an awareness of the importance of cardiology. Today, Alistair thrives on the ability to detect and treat cardiac conditions. He enjoys being actively involved in research studies with the SA Heart team which assists in keeping abreast of evolving treatments and techniques.

From a young age, Alistair has drawn on his love of sport. A number of his patients are, or have been, elite athletes. He enjoys the challenge of keeping them safe and competitive, from their prime into older age. When he is not seeing patients, Alistair enjoys cycling, watching his son compete in athletics, and golf—which he would often play from dawn to dusk as a medical student.

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