Dr Charles McKenna


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Specialises in

  • General cardiology
  • Interventional cardiology

About me

Dr Charles J. McKenna

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.

Professional profile

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 is the clinical research lead for the Cardiology Department at RBH; collaborating with the University of Reading


• 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 • Palpitation

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Procedures completed

  • X3510

    IV sedation administered by operator - (5-50)

    Royal Berkshire Hospital (5-50)

  • K6513

    Adult cardiac catheterisation - radial access (including coronary arteriography/catheterisation of right/left side of heart/contrast radiology) - (1-5)

    Royal Berkshire Hospital (1-5)

  • K5020

    Coronary angiography proceeding to angioplasty on the same day, +/- insertion of stent - femoral or brachial access - (1-5)

    Royal Berkshire Hospital (1-5)

  • K6581

    Coronary angioplasty following angiography with fractional flow study on the same day, +/- insertion of stent - femoral or brachial access - (1-5)

    Royal Berkshire Hospital (1-5)

  • K4910

    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of coronary artery(ies) with stent insertion - femoral or brachial access - (1-5)

    Royal Berkshire Hospital (1-5)

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