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Preventing heart attacks and strokes since 1973

Opening Hours: Saturdays Only

Please note that we are currently closed for appointments but are available for phone enquiries


  115 High Road


Essex IG10 4HJ

Tel: +44 (0) 208 508 7741

CARDIAC CENTRE “Detect & Protect”

T: 020 8508 7741 | E: info@thecardiaccentreuk.co.uk

Worried about your heart?

If you have chest pain, undue shortness of breath, palpitation or blackouts or if you would like to discover and control your family risk of heart disease for the future, we can help you and we won’t keep you waiting until it’s too late!



Please note that we are closed for testing currently but are open for telephone enquiries.

Our  primary aim is prevention - especially heart attack and stroke prevention. Very early diagnosis and treatment is vital, with evidence-based techniques taken from our own research into the earliest detection of heart disease possible.

Detect & Protect

The Cardiac Centre is based in Loughton Clinic- first opened in 1973 to provide general medical services to local patients.

We now provide a diagnostic centre for patients with chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, high blood pressure and other heart-related conditions. We occasionally see children, but specialise in adult heart disease and its very early detection.

We are equipped with the latest non-invasive echo-sounding, exercise and respiratory function equipment.

As important, we spend enough time with our patients, to get to know them and their problems. As it turns out, this is indispensable to accurate diagnosis.

New: Genetic Testing - the next BIG step
in medical practice

We now have tests to help determine who is liable to cancer, and who is not. We have so far done a few tests on those interested in knowing their optimum diet, exercise, and lifestyle regime, as predicted by their personal DNA profile.

The cost for two attendances, and this particular test (Health and Lifestyle) is £500. Because your genes do not change, these tests should only need to be done once (unless future research reveals other genes that might prove more significant).

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David H. Dighton Founder

David Dighton is author of two books: Eat to your Heart's Content, and HeartSense. A new book 'The Doctor's Apprentice' is a guide to students and young doctors about the science and art of medicine. It is also an exposé of how the medical profession in the UK really works.

David qualified as a doctor from The London Hospital Medical College, and practised as a general physician, and cardiologist for 53 years before retiring in 2019. He founded The Loughton Private Clinic in 1973, and the Cardiac Centre in 2000.

20,000 patients, over 46 years, were managed by him at The Loughton Clinic, with no clinical complaint received from any patient.

After a BHF research fellowship at St George’s Hospital, London with Aubrey Leatham and Alan Harris he became a lecturer in general hospital medicine and cardiology at Charing Cross Hospital. He left to work as Chef de Clinique, Research Cardiologist and Assistant Professor in Cardiology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

He founded the Cardiac Centre in 1982 and his methods are still in use.