Our life-saving science
The British Heart Foundation was launched in
1961, by concerned doctors hoping to address the epidemic of heart
At that time around 166,000 people in the UK
died annually of coronary heart disease (CHD). Since then,
donations from our supporters have helped us contribute to a
halving of this figure – in 2009 around 80,000
died of CHD.
We’ve come a long way, but there is a great deal still
to be done – heart disease
remains the UK’s single biggest killer. That’s why we need to keep
funding the best research alongside our vital prevention and care initiatives.
life-saving science in one place.
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Find out more about our life-saving science
We're the biggest funder of heart research at UK universities
and these stories are a snapshot of recent discoveries we've helped
to make all over the UK.
Please use the carousel below to read about some of
the scientists we've funded, people we've helped and to see
how you can help us.
Thank you for your support - you
have helped make these discoveries possible.