To celebrate World Book Day, we decided to catch up with our friends in Oz; Dorothy, the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man. Did they all get a happy ending? Watch the video and or download our illustrated e-book to find out.

What can we learn from the Tin Man and his ticker?

Luckily for the Tin Man, Oz is a place where research and munchkin medics are able to tackle all sorts of heart conditions. And here in the real world, the British Heart Foundation exists to do exactly the same thing.

The Tin Man actually has something called Long QT syndrome, an inherited condition that can cause heart rhythm disturbances and occurs in about 1 in 2,000 people. Left undiagnosed and untreated, it can cause sudden death.

Our research has played a big part in helping people with heart conditions live longer, healthier lives. For example, back in the 1960s, we supported a pioneering group of researchers to revolutionise pacemaker technology at St George’s Hospital in London.

Their work, and the work of scientists around the world, has paved the way for the miniature, sophisticated pacemaker devices that we, and the Tin Man, use today.

We are the biggest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK, and with your support, we can beat heart disease for good.

Real life stories

To find out more about what it’s like to be diagnosed with long QT syndrome and live with the condition, read Helen and Kelley’s stories.

With thanks to actor Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Unforgotten, Apple Tree Yard) for donating his time and talents to voice this story, and to Chris Pavlo, our narration director.