Funding research to help beat heartbreak forever
Becky is an actor and comedian. In February last year, she went for a 5k run with her husband Paul as part of marathon training. On the way back, she began to have palpitations; she felt breathless and dizzy. After a trip to A&E and a few tests, she was diagnosed with an inherited heart condition called ARVC, which causes your heart to go in to abnormal rhythms and can lead to cardiac arrest. Becky was considered high-risk, was in hospital for 11 days and had an ICD fitted. If her heart starts to beat dangerously fast again or goes into a dangerous rhythm, the ICD will shock it back to a normal rhythm.
Becky’s diagnosis has changed a lot of things for her – she’s had to come to terms with the ICD, and with the knowledge that other members of her family, including her sisters, may also have the inherited condition.
We’re working hard to fund vital research that will help to prevent, treat and cure heart and circulatory diseases, including inherited heart conditions. Thanks to our research we now know about many of the faulty genes that cause an inherited heart condition. By finding these genes, BHF researchers can create genetic tests to help find family members also affected by an inherited condition.
But more still needs to be done to help us beat heartbreak for everyone affected by heart and circulatory diseases, and their risk factors like Diabetes. With your help, we can keep funding the research that will make this a reality.
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