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Diana Holdright

Diana Holdright
Consultant Cardiologist, London


Located in London’s Harley Street, Dr Diana Holdright is a Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Specialist with extensive experience in all aspects of adult cardiology. She provides a wide range of tests and treatments for  cardiac symptoms and concerns including breathlessness, chest pain, dizzy spells, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol.


    Clinical interests

    • Prevention and treatment of heart attack
    • Role of angioplasty and bypass surgery 
    • The heart:brain interface
    • Cardiac risk assessment and screening
    • Investigation and treatment of cardiac conditions

    Research interests

  • Dr. Holdright has undertaken wide-ranging research spanning nearly three decades, encompassing her many areas of clinical interest which, in more recent years, has focussed on the heart:brain interface and myocardial ischaemia.


    Dr Holdright has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, invited articles and abstracts. Furthermore, she has contributed to several chapters and has had several books published, individually and in collaboration with others. Some of her key titles include:


    • Ludman A, Yellon D, Hasleton J, Ariti C, Babu GG, Boston-Griffiths E, Venugopal V, Walker M, Holdright DR, Swanton H, Crake T, Brull D, Moon J, Puranik R, Mutharangu V, Taylor, Hausenloy J. Effect of erythropoietin as an adjunct to primary percutaneous coronary intervention: a randomised controlled clinical trial Heart 2011;97:1560-1565.
    • Rugg-Gunn FJ, Holdright DREpilepsy and the heartBJC 2010;17:223-9
    • Gray MA, Taggart P, Sutton PM, Groves D, Holdright DR, Bradbury D, Brull D, Critchley HD.A cortical potential reflecting cardiac function.PNAS published April 9 2007.10.1073/pnas.0609509104
    • Critchley HD, Taggart P, Sutton PM, Holdright DR, Batchvarov V, Hnatkova K, Malik M, Dolan RJ.Mental stress and sudden cardiac death: asymmetric midbrain activity as a linking mechanism.Brain 2005;128:75-85
    • Rugg-Gunn FJ, Simister RJ, Squirrell M, Holdright DR, Duncan JS.Cardiac arrhythmias in focal epilepsy: a prospective long-term study.Lancet 2004;364:2212-2219.


    • Tutorials in Differential DiagnosisBeck ER,  Souhami RL, Hanna MG, Holdright DRChurchill Livingstone (revised 2003)  

    Book chapters

    • Brull D & Holdright DRCerebrovascular disease and the cardiac patientIn: Specialist Training in Cardiology, edited by Henry J Purcell & Paul R Kalra Elsevier Mosby, 2005

    Dr Holdright was formerly the Educational Supervisor in Cardiology at UCLH, where she had an active role in examining, teaching, training and working with clinicians across all specialties at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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