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Diana R Holdright: Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Specialist, London

Diana R Holdright
Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Specialist, London: Diana Holdright

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.


Education and training

In 1984 Dr Holdright graduated from UCL and UCH, London. She completed her specialist postgraduate training in cardiology at The National Heart Hospital, The London Chest Hospital, The Royal Brompton Hospital and UCL Hospitals, London. As part of her training she undertook a period of research at The National Heart & Lung Institute, London. Since 1997 she has had her own private practice and has over 15 years’ worth of experience as a consultant. 


Expertise as a Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Holdright's practice spans the wide spectrum of cardiological conditions and concerns, from cardiovascular risk screening through to recommendations on the best method of intervention for symptomatic coronary artery disease (coronary angioplasty versus bypass surgery). Her practice also encompasses the investigation of palpitations, dizzy spells, blackouts, chest pain and breathlessness, the management of valvular heart disease, and the treatment of heart failure.

Dr Holdright takes a personal approach to cardiovascular risk and screening. She is a strong advocate of coronary artery scoring to refine cardiac risk, placing a high importance on providing the appropriate treatment for high cholesterol and high blood pressure, as well as screening for diabetes and metabolic syndromes, all of which are significant risk factors for the development of coronary artery disease.

Dr Holdright was key to the establishment of primary angioplasty for the managementof acute myocardial infarction (heart attacks) at The Heart Hospital in Central London. The Heart Hospital is one of the UK's most established Heart Attack Centres in London, providing 24 hour emergency angioplasty (PCI).

Dr Holdright is also cardiologist to The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where she troubleshoots the heart:brain interface. This exclusive position has provided her with extensive experience in the assessment of cardiac risk in epilepsy, analysis of the cardiac contribution to autonomic dysfunction, the effect of neurological and neuromuscular problems on the heart, the investigation and management of the cardiac causes of stroke and the management of blackouts and dizzy spells.

For ten years Dr Holdright served on the Secretary of State for Transport's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Disorders of the Cardiovascular System. 


Professional activities


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 DR
    Epilepsy and the heart
    BJC 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 Diagnosis
    Beck ER,  Souhami RL, Hanna MG, Holdright DR
    Churchill Livingstone (revised 2003)


Book chapters

  • Brull D & Holdright DR
    Cerebrovascular disease and the cardiac patient

    In: Specialist Training in Cardiology, edited by Henry J Purcell & Paul R Kalra
    Elsevier Mosby, 2005


Teaching and training

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.



Dr Holdright has undertaken considerable research during her career, reflecting many of her clinical interests. More recently she has focused on sudden death in epilepsy and methods to limit ischaemia-reperfusion injury at the time of primary angioplasty.



Where can I see Dr Holdright, Consultant Cardiologist, in London?


Located in the heart of London's medical district, Dr Holdright's practice is warm and welcoming with the core value of a personal approach to patient care. She sees outpatients in her consulting rooms at The Harley Street Clinic Diagnostic Centre, where she can be contacted by phone, email, fax, or in writing.

At her consulting rooms she offers an extensive range of routine cardiac investigations including echocardiograms, 24 hour ECGs and 24 hour blood pressure monitor fittings, which can often be undertaken at the time of consultation

Private patients who require hospital admission for investigations and treatments are usually admitted to The Harley Street Clinic. Dr Holdright has admitting rights to King Edward VII Hospital and The London Clinic.

UK residents that wish to see Dr Holdright at her private practice should request a referral letter from their GP or specialist if possible. 



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Date of registration:

01 Aug 1985


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The Harley Street Clinic Diagnostic Centre

13-18 Devonshire Street




Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 4346

Fax: +44 (0)20 7224 2204 

Email: info@drholdright.co.uk

Website: www.drholdright.co.uk



Treatments offered

  • Cardiac risk factor assessment
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Heart failure
  • Palpitations
  • Dizzy spells and blackouts
  • Valve disease


Qualifications and memberships


  • BSc in Human Genetics (London, First Class Hons), 1981

  • MB BS (London) with Distinctions, 1984

  • MRCP (UK), 1987

  • DA (UK), 1989

  • MD (London), 1994

  • JCHMT Cardiology (1996)

  • CCST (UK) Cardiology (1997)

  • FRCP (2000)

  • FESC (2000)

  • FACC (2012)


Professional memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • Royal College of Physicians of England
  • British Cardiovascular Society
  • British Cardiovascular Intervention Society
  • European Society of Cardiology
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer at The Royal Free & University College Medical School, UCL, London


Places of work

Private practice

The Harley Street Clinic Diagnostic Centre

13-18 Devonshire Street




Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 4346