Cholesterol Helpline

Our dedicated, experienced team offer impartial information and advice on cholesterol and related conditions.   

Please note we are unable to provide personalised advice, we are not a diagnostic service and our information should not replace the care and support from your own health care professional. 

If your enquiry is urgent please contact your own doctor or NHS 111, or dial 999 in an emergency.

We can manage most enquiries by email, so please let us know what help you need by contacting:

You may be able to find the information you need from our frequently asked questions below:

Frequently asked questions:  click on the links below for more information

What do my cholesterol test results mean

Reasons for a higher level of cholesterol 

Reason for a higher level of triglycerides

Latest thinking on higher HDL cholesterol and our current recommendations

Healthy eating to help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Information on statins and other cholesterol lowering medication

If you are unable to email us,  you can contact our answering service which is available for you to leave a message on weekdays (Monday to Friday)  between 10am - 3pm.   

Please note dietary advice is currently only available by email, information pack or you can write to us at: 

Cholesterol Helpline, HEART UK - The Cholesterol Charity, 7 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PE. 

Telephone 0345-450-5988 

It may take a minimum of 3 to 4 working days to respond to your enquiry due to our current limited resources and high demand for our service 

Please note that we are not able to diagnose coronavirus, so if you think you may have coronavirus symptoms, refer to NHS and government guidelines. You can also check your symptoms with the NHS 111 online service

What are people saying about us?


"I emailed the helpline as my cholesterol test result was not that straight forward and I wanted to get some expert advice to help me understand and take control of my cholesterol. Tina was so helpful, it was lovely to talk to someone who was obviously so well versed in the subject. Tina helped me gain the confidence to take responsibility for my own health. It was wonderful to feel I was talking to someone who was clearly an expert and really understood where I was coming from.  Thank you, HEART UK, for this fantastic service."

Deidre, Gloucestershire

"I have had such wonderful help and support from HEART UK’s helpline.  The team are so friendly and patient and it does not matter how many times I ask a question they are always there for me.  It’s a wonderful service and I am so grateful to have their support.  I can’t speak highly enough of the help they have given me."

Vera, Buckinghamshire

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Please note this is not a diagnostic service.  Our helpline aims to complement the information and support people have already received from their health care professional, not replace it.  

The Cholesterol Helpline is not an emergency service and those in need of urgent help should contact their GP or seek help from services such as NHS 111 or emergency services.

Calls to our 0345 helpline costs no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers and must be included in inclusive minutes on mobile phones and discount schemes.  Calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute while calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute.  Calls from landlines and mobiles to 0345 numbers are included in free call packages.