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Raising awareness of the health risks around cholesterol

Made in the liver, and found in the blood and in all cells of the body, Cholesterol is a substance needed for making cell walls, tissues, hormones, vitamin D, and bile acid. 

We need cholesterol in our blood to stay healthy, the problem comes when the cholesterol gets too high. High cholesterol can lead to health problems in the future, and the only way to know you have it is to get a cholesterol test.

What is High Cholesterol?

Dr Rodney Foale, Consultant Cardiologist at The Harley Street Clinic, talks us through what cholesterol is and what we can do to prevent our cholesterol levels from rising too high. 

Dr Foale has been a full-time consultant cardiologist for more than 30 years and now with HCA UK, he consults at The Harley Street Clinic. His clinical interests lie in cardiovascular disease, general adult cardiology including, arrhythmiahypertension and percutaneous interventional treatment of coronary artery disease.

Nurse taking patient's blood pressure

Testing and monitoring your cholesterol levels

A cholesterol blood test can be undertaken by your consultant to assess the level of your cholesterol. This test may also be performed as part of a routine heath check by your GP or physician. 

Helping you to manage your cholesterol

HCA UK’s cardiac services can give you advice, support and treatment to help maintain a healthy heart and prevent the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Looking inside your coronary arteries

Your consultant might recommend you have an angiography, a test that uses contrast dye to highlight any narrowed areas of your arteries.

The HCA Healthcare UK Cardiac Care hub

Our consultants treat patients from all over the world in three London hospitals: The Harley Street Clinic, London Bridge Hospital and The Wellington Hospital. Patients can also access The Lister Hospital's cardiology department for consultations and investigations and the Chiswick Medical Centre for outpatient clinics. 
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