Improving patient care

A female nurse sits at bedside with woman as they look at information together.

For more than 50 years, we’ve been instrumental in ensuring patients feel the benefits of research as quickly as possible.

Kick-starting the best cardiovascular care

We fund pilot studies - from improving treatment for heart failure to earlier detection of high blood pressure, your donations have enabled patients to benefit from the best possible care in the shortest possible time. 
When our researchers discovered a genetic test for the deadly high-cholesterol condition, familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), we invested £1.5 million to trial its use, which tested and diagnosed thousands of people with FH, getting them onto lifesaving treatments. Due to its success, it is established as a core NHS service in most of Wales now, and the BHF is making the case for UK-wide coverage. 

 

Investing in staff to support people and communities

We support over 3000 healthcare professionals in the UK through the BHF AllianceFor the last three decades, the BHF has funded specialist nurses to support people with their heart conditions. More than one million people have been supported by BHF healthcare professionals since 2004, helping to save the NHS millions of pounds and improving people's quality of life. 

In 2014, we set-up the BHF Alliance – a community of close to 4000 healthcare and public health professionals committed to providing the highest standards of evidence-based care and support to people living with heart disease. 

Supporting patients and their families

Being diagnosed with a heart condition can be a huge shock, and inevitably leads to questions about what it means for your future. 

Over 5 million heart health resources are despatched each yearEach year we give five million booklets to patients and their families, as well as doctors and nurses, for support. Our Heart Matters magazine, sent to around 400,000 addresses across the UK, is also an invaluable way for people to learn about the latest research breakthroughs and get advice on improving their lifestyle.

In 2000 we realised heart patients needed more support, and launched the BHF’s Heart Helpline. Today our team of specialist Helpline nurses responds to 23,000 enquires a year, putting people's minds at rest and helping them access care. 

The scale of heart and circulatory disease