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Our fight for every heartbeat
The story so far
Explore 50 years of the fight against heart disease and find out
where we're going in the future.
What we do
We fund thousands of research projects around the UK that are
fighting heart disease.
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Because of the advancements in science your money has helped
fund, most babies born today with heart defects now survive.
Pacemakers help people control their heart conditions. Statins
are lowering cholesterol levels for millions. Heart attack
treatment has been revolutionised.
For all our success, there's a lot to be done. Heart disease is
still the UK's single biggest killer. Hundreds of thousands of
people in the UK are living with heart failure. Surgery techniques
can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in
genetics and stem cell technology yet to be found.
We've brought pioneering techniques to hospitals - from scans
that look right inside the heart, to tests like angioplasty which
are now routine.
Patients with severe heart failure
can now hope for a heart
The number of children who survive being born with a heart defect has turned around - in 1961, only
20 per cent lived to their first birthday. Today that figure is 80
per cent, thanks to procedures such as valve
replacement that help them lead improved lives.
We're getting to the bottom of the genetics of cardiomyopathy.
We've found that high cholesterol
can run in families and been a major part of the development of
statins to help people control their
Huge scientific studies have proved that heart disease runs in
families - and what you can do to help your family if it does.
Read more about the family history of heart
Heart attack still kills someone
every 6 minutes - but that rate used to be much higher. Find out
how we helped develop clot-busting drugs, and new research we're
doing into chest pain - angina.
Our research has helped develop medicines that help extend life
for heart failure patients, and
with the money we raise for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal we
will fund research that will help us rebuild hearts.
Our work has helped make heart
surgery safer, lead to innovative transplant techniques and is
working on ways to make recovery quicker and easier.
Our scientists helped transform pacemakers from a heavy bulky device into one
that could fit inside the chest, with no exposed wires. And we're
still working on improvements - as well as research that could mean
less people need to be fitted with a pacemaker at all.
When people are suddenly struck down, seemingly in their prime,
it can be very difficult to deal with. Our research into Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome has helped
pioneer technology like ICD implants, which can help restore the
irregular heartbeat that often preceeds this syndrome.
Explore more of the science we've helped
contribute to in our
50 years of heart health - research success timeline.