- Fee assured
- Awaiting verification
- Interventional cardiology
- Percutaneous coronary intervention with/without stenting
- Reporting of echocardiography
- Transthoracic echocardiography
Dr Charles J. McKenna
Bsc, MB ChB, MD, FRCP
Special clinical interests
Dr McKenna is well-practiced and has a large breadth and depth of experience in all aspects of Adult Cardiology.
This includes the assessment and management chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness and blackouts; cardiac risk calculation and reduction; blood pressure and cholesterol treatment, and familial screening for cardiac disease.
He began studying Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1981 and during that time achieved merits in Anatomy, Biology, Computer Science and Physiology; he also spent an elective period at Harvard University and went on to do a Science degree in Physiology in 1985, before qualifying for his Medical degree in 1988.
He has benefited from a far reaching, prestigious and varied training in Cardiology.
This started at the City Hospital in Belfast (his home town) before moving on to the Mater Hospital in Dublin (1993-96). During his time there he also completed his doctoral MD thesis on Dilated Cardiomyopathy, looking at the causes and inheritance patterns of this form of Heart Failure. After this he went on to work at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in the USA (1996-98). There he was involved in research on Coronary Stent technology specifically aimed at improving outcomes and the durability of Angioplasty.
Following on from this he returned to his Alma Mater working at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh (1998-2000). He then was awarded an Interventional fellowship by the British Heart Foundation which he used to further expand his practice specifically in the area of coronary stenting at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (2000-2002), before being appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist in Reading in 2002.
Since starting in Reading he has become heavily involved as Clinical Tutor in teaching the Oxford medical students. He is an examiner at their final exams and has been awarded a Senior Clinical Lectureship by Oxford University in recognition of his efforts.
He presently sits on the International Cardiac Research Committee of two large multi-centre trials monitoring the effects of advanced and emerging treatments for breast cancer on heart function.
• Bsc Hons in Physiology, Edinburgh 1985
• MbChb, Edinburgh 1988
• MRCP, 1991
• MD, 1999
• FRCP, 2003
Areas of interest
• Hypertension • Heart failure • Ischaemic heart disease • Interventional cardiology • Syncope • Risk factor modification • Coronary prevention • Palpitations
Current NHS consultant posts held
Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
The heart and breast cancer therapy
29. McKenna, Forfar.
Was it a heart attack?
Troponin positive acute coronary syndrome vs. myocardial infarction.
30. McLeod, McKenna, Northridge.
Myocardial infarction following the combined recreational use of Viagra and
Clin Cardiol 2002;25:133-134.
31. Ferguson, Orr, McKenna, Blackman, Channon, Forfar, Ormerod, Banning.
Percutaneous coronary intervention in octogenarians with refractory angina.
Abnormal cellularity in Asymptomatic Relatives of Patients with Idiopathic
J Am Coll Cardiol 2003;41:709 (letter).
33. Banning, Ormerod, Channon, McKenna, Orr, Boulton, Bashir, Forfar.
Same day discharge following elective percutaneous coronary intervention in
patients with stable angina.
Drug-eluting stent restenosis rates?
35. Bull, Chahal, McKenna.
Drug-eluting stents for left main stem disease.
36. Holmwood, Tan, McKenna.
Pneumopericardium following perianal fistula repair and sigmoidoscopy.
Heart 2005; 2006;92:1264.
37. West, McKenna, Ormerod, Forfar, Banning, Channon.
Percutaneous coronary intervention with stent deployment in anomalously-arising
left circumflex coronary arteries.
Cathet Cardiovasc Interv 2006;68:882-890.
38. King, Ruparelia, McKenna.
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.