Lifestyle changes

Find out about other lifestyle changes you can make in our healthy lifestyle section.

Need to lower your cholesterol?
Need to lower cholesterol?

Most cholesterol lowering diets are not low fat.  Its about swapping bad fats for good. Then adding cholesterol busting foods. For more check out HEART UK's Ultimate Cholesterol Lowering Plan.  Need help deciding how to lower your cholesterol? Find out your options now.   

Staying healthy

Eating a healthy diet, not smoking and being physically active are important in helping to keep your cholesterol and other blood fats low.

The Statin Conundrum
The Statin Conundrum

NICE Lipid Modification Guidance has been revised to enable doctors to offer statin treatment to people at lower 10 year risk but high lifetime risk of CVD.  See our responses to the questions this raises.  

What’s your heart age?

Heart Age is a sign of how healthy your heart is. This clever calculator works it out from a few simple questions.


Nurse Helpline Adviser                                        

Hours:                                                          37.5 per week

Band:                                                           NHS Band 6

Reporting To:                                              Nurse Project Manager                

Location:                                                     Maidenhead

Contract:                                                     Permanent

Are you a qualified Registered Nurse, looking to provide support to those affected by high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease? Are you looking to work sociable hours, leaving shift work and rotas behind? If so, read on…

HEART UK is passionate about preventing premature deaths caused by high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.  We provide expert support, guidance and education to patients, their families and also the healthcare professionals treating the patients.  We also lobby for better detection of those at risk.  

An opportunity has arisen for a qualified Registered Nurse with cardiology experience to assist in dealing with an increasing number of helpline enquiries, which come through all communication channels (calls, emails, letters and social media, including possible live chat).  The role will contribute to the Health Care Team’s delivery of the Charity’s advice service for patients, their families, members of the public and healthcare professionals on all issues and queries related to cholesterol and dyslipidaemia which influence cardiovascular disease risk.

You will work as part of a small, dedicated Health Care Team responding to helpline enquiries on a day to day basis and providing accurate, thorough and confidential recording of data. There will be opportunities for you to contribute to topical media enquiries and represent HEART UK at external meetings where appropriate across the UK.

You will hold a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified Registered Nurse and will have significant experience working in a healthcare setting, ideally in a cardiology department or out-patient clinic. You will have excellent interpersonal and writing skills with the ability to manage and, where appropriate, resolve challenging helpline calls. With a good level of computer literacy, you will have experience of working with databases and have a willingness to take on new skills and challenges in this rewarding role.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual who is passionate for our cause. Along with sociable working hours, we can offer you support and the opportunity to develop and to contribute to our overall cause and see the direct impact you are having.

This role is for 37.5 hours a week. 

For more details, read the job description.  Closing date is 15 February 2017.

If you would like to join a team that makes a real difference to the lives of others, we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV and covering letter to Jane Kendrick :

No agencies please. 

HEART UK is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  Charity Registration No: 1003904

A story of Hope

A Story of Hope is a short four-minute film about a family with a history of Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

Diet diary template
Diet diary template

Download our diet diary for a simple way to record what you eat and drink. It will help you review what your weekly intake.

Concerned about statins?

If you have concerns about statins, please contact our Cholesterol Helpline or download our statins factsheet.

You can also visit our page on side effects or our popular Q and A's.

Buddy’s FH Adventure

This e-book is aimed at children aged 7 and older. The book is published through Me Books, and is free to watch after registering.