Thanks to the amazing efforts of our supporters, last year we raised more than £158 million.
£120 million was spent on funding ground-breaking research and support for people with heart and circulatory diseases. £38 million was spent on the costs associated with generating income. In other words, for every £1 raised, around 76p, went straight to funding research on heart and circulatory diseases, and the risk factors that cause them. These diseases currently account for 1 in 3 deaths globally, causing heartbreak in homes, schools and offices across the country.
Coronary heart disease kills more than twice as many women as breast cancer in the UK. Around 3.5 million women are living with heart and circulatory diseases and, on average, 70 women die from coronary heart disease each day. That’s approximately three women every hour. They leave behind partners, children, friends, brothers, sisters, mums and dads. These diseases are causing heartbreak every single day.
Your donations have helped us make major breakthroughs over the last sixty years, from discovering clot-busting drugs to help treat heart attacks, to pioneering the first transplants and pacemakers. But there's still more to do. And by taking part in Dechox, you'll be helping us fund research that could lead to the next development in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and circulatory conditions.
You power our research
Could pay for enough researcher toolkits to keep a busy research team going for over a week.
£150 or more
Could help one of our early career researchers carry out a day-and-a-half of research.
£300 or more
Could help to pay for one day of a project to build new, healthy pieces of heart. In the future, this new heart tissue could be used to treat heart failure.
Coming to terms with an inherited heart condition
Lisa had no idea that she was living with an inherited heart condition – until she suffered a cardiac arrest out of the blue. She was relaxing at home with a friend when she suddenly started slurring her words and fainted. Luckily, her friend was quick to call an ambulance and did CPR until paramedics arrived.
In hospital, Lisa had an ECG test to find out what had caused the cardiac arrest, and was diagnosed with a heart condition called Long QT syndrome. The condition causes irregular heart rhythms, meaning Lisa needed to have an ICD implanted in case her heart stopped again.
Long QT syndrome is an inherited condition, so Lisa’s daughters Ellie and Amelie were also tested, and were found to have the gene. Luckily, they can manage their condition with medication, but they also have to be careful not to get their heart rate up too high, being extra careful and holding back at events like school sports days or in PE lessons.
A former competitive swimmer and keen gym-goer, it was hard for Lisa to come to terms with her diagnosis, and with passing the condition on to her daughters. Luckily, a BHF-supported genetic nurse, Tootie, was on hand to help her throughout the process of genetic testing.
Lisa doesn’t want to let her family’s heart condition get in the way of enjoying life. From going on holidays abroad and riding roller coasters to teaching her daughters how to swim, they still enjoy activities together as a family.