September 24 2012
How Esther Rantzen is helping us to mend broken hearts
Leading TV presenter Esther Rantzen recently
visited some of our top heart scientists to learn about the science
behind our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
Esther, who lost her husband to heart disease, visited our new
laboratory at Imperial College London. Scientists at the lab
believe that with further study, they can harness the power of stem
cells to help repair hearts damaged after a heart attack.
On her visit Esther met BHF Professor Michael Schneider, a
world-leading stem cell scientist, for a tour of our
state-of-the-art facilities. The new laboratories in London were
built partly thanks to our £6m award – made possible by the support
of our donors.
Over 750,000 people in the UK are living with heart
failure. The condition is most commonly caused by the
damage inflicted by a heart attack. Heart failure means your heart
cannot pump properly, and not enough blood and oxygen gets
delivered around the body to where it’s needed.
You can see Esther’s take on her inspiring visit in our
Hope really does live in BHF-funded labs like this
“My husband died after a series of heart problems and I know the
terrible impact heart disease can have on a family. But after
learning about this incredible science and seeing
how dedicated these scientists are to finding new treatments and
cures, I’m excited about the future.
“Hope really does live in BHF-funded labs like this where
leading researchers are working tirelessly to find ways to heal
hearts damaged by a heart attack. I only wish my husband were alive
to see this – he would have found it fascinating.”
Without your donations, we can’t make our goal
of finding a cure for heart failure into a reality. Please donate to our Mending Broken Hearts
Appeal to help bring hope to millions worldwide.