Our News section has the latest news and analysis about everything to do with heart health and healthy lifestyles, plus our Behind the Headlines stories.
Research has found a link between diet drinks and an increased risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and death. We look behind the headlines.
New research has suggested that vegans take twice as many sick days as the average worker. We look behind the headlines.
We report on a new study that links HRT tablets to an increased risk of blood clots.
News reports have warned of a ‘chilling risk’ of having a heart attack when temperatures drop below freezing. We look behind the headlines.
In our first ever sex survey, three out of four respondents said that a heart condition has affected their sex lives.
Our interactive infographic gives the results of our exclusive Heart Matters survey about the impact of heart disease on readers' sex lives.
News stories have reported that taking a multivitamin could be a waste of money when it comes to heart health. We look behind the headlines.
In recent winters the flu vaccine hasn't been as effective as hoped, especially for the over-65s, but a new type means things have changed.
A new study has reported that statins don’t reduce risk of heart attacks and stroke for over 75s without existing heart or circulatory diseases. We go behind the headlines to get to the truth and ask whether statins really are worth taking.
People who don’t drink any alcohol in middle age may be at a greater risk of dementia later in their life, research has suggested. But will drinking alcohol reduce your risk of dementia? We look behind the headlines.
Visiting a GP could become a thing of the past, replaced by a “virtual” consultation. But is this good news for patients? Lucy Trevallion investigates.
New research has suggested that a daily egg can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. We look behind the headlines.
Our readers share their stories of living with heart conditions and their views on everything from the progress of medical science to cardiac rehabilitation.
According to widespread media coverage, if you have a large belly you’re at greater risk of heart and circulatory problems – whether you’re overweight or not. We look behind the headlines.
According to the news headlines, drinking green tea could prevent deaths from heart attacks or strokes. We look behind the headlines.
A large new study has suggested that you are more at risk of dying or of a range of heart and circulatory conditions if you have as little as one alcoholic drink a day. We look behind the headlines.
How will the new GDPR data law affect the way your personal health data is shared and used, and what do patients need to know? Lucy Trevallion investigates.
A blood test to measure how long it takes clots to break down could predict the likelihood of a repeat heart attack, making new treatments possible, according to research.
Having children at a young age, having lots of children, or starting her periods early are just some of the factors that could mean a woman is more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, research has suggested. We look behind the headlines.
Women are dying after heart attacks in ways that could be avoided if they were given the same treatments as men, a new study suggests. We look behind the headlines.
Losing weight could reverse type 2 diabetes, according to the media, but is it true? We look at the research behind the headlines.
Would you trust your family and friends above your doctor? And should you? Lucy Trevallion investigates the issue of trust in sources of health information.
This year we’ve answered lots of readers’ questions about all different aspects of diet and healthy eating. Here are the five most popular topics we covered in 2017.
New research has suggested that eating late at night can raise the risk of heart disease. We look behind the headlines.
We create lots of videos and animations to help inform, inspire and support people to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Here are 5 of the best science videos we've produced recently. Prepare to be amazed...
Some news reports have are suggested that if you take statins you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. We find out the truth behind the headlines.
News reports claim there’s a crisis in your doctor’s surgery, with patients struggling to get appointments. Lucy Trevallion investigates the reality and what it means for you.
According to media coverage, a drug called canakinumab could cut your risk of heart attacks and cancer. We look at the research behind the headlines.
There will always be health headlines that are designed to shock you to try to get your attention. As 2017 comes to an end we look at the truth behind some of the silliest headlines about heart conditions.
Carrying extra pounds does raise your risk of heart disease, however healthy you seem to be, a new study has said. We look behind the headlines.
Working long hours has been associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, new research has suggested. But how much are you risking your health by working overtime?
From tiny ticks to protein facts and Japanese healthy habits, here’s our review of some of the stand-out numbers from Heart Matters in 2017.
This summer marks 10 years since UK citizens were banned from smoking in enclosed public spaces. Lucy Trevallion looks at how it’s changed our health
According to recent news, chocolate could reduce your risk of the most common irregular heartbeat. Before you rush to the shops, we look behind the headlines.
According to recent news coverage, taking it easy on a two-week holiday could be deadly, causing diabetes, heart conditions, and obesity. We debunk the disturbing headlines.
'Diet' or 'low-calorie’ soft drinks that contain artificial sweeteners could increase your risk of stroke, according to the latest news coverage. We look behind the headlines
News stories have suggested that if you have grey or white hair you’re at an increased risk of heart disease. We go behind the headlines.
A new study has linked drinking alcohol with a healthier heart. But, don’t pick up the wine bottle yet, as we look behind the headlines.
Air pollution contributes to around 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year and is linked to heart attack and stroke. Our animation explains how air pollution affects your body and how you can reduce your risk.
News stories have suggested that if you skip breakfast you can increase your risk of heart disease. But are you really risking your health if you’re not a breakfast person?
We report on new research that has linked obesity with lower risk of in-hospital death after heart surgery.
We examine research that shows for the first time how stress could cause heart attacks and stroke
News stories have suggested that cramming all your physical activity into the weekend could have the same benefits as regular exercise. We look behind the headlines.
Leaving the European Union will bring many changes that could affect scientific research and the NHS. We explore the issues and look at what happens next.
Want to know what's hot right now when it comes to diets and ingredients? We explain the pros and cons of the latest food trends.
Being in a stable marriage means you’re more likely to survive a stroke, according to the Daily Mail. Is there truth behind the headlines?
Some newspapers have claimed that cooking at high temperatures can increase your risk of heart disease. We look behind the headlines.
The BHF gives its view on news stories about a possible association between eating one egg for breakfast and cutting your risk of a stroke
E-cigarettes are everywhere and they’re rarely out of the news. Lucy Trevallion looks at the pros and cons of vaping.
We report on a study that links ibuprofen with heart failure. Should you be worried, or is the research limited?
Almost a third of heart attack patients are wrongly diagnosed on their initial hospital diagnosis, new research claims. We look behind the headlines.
News reports suggest that if you do 90 minutes of housework a day you could significantly cut your chances of developing heart disease and stroke. But is it time to grab a mop?
We analyse news stories that your treatment after a heart attack varies hugely depending on where you live.
A small study has found that listening to Mozart for 25 minutes could reduce your blood pressure. Is it time for doctors to prescribe a daily dose of classical music? We look behind the headlines.
A controversial study has argued that if you have a high LDL (bad) cholesterol level when you are aged over 60 you will live longer. Can we trust these bold claims?
Interpreting health information isn’t always easy. Whether it’s getting to grips with a condition, the effects of your medication or reading Heart Matters, health literacy is more important than you might think.
New research has claimed that this will increase your risk of death from heart disease and stroke. We analyse whether this is scare-mongering or something to take seriously.
You should tuck into some cheese, cut out all sugar, and forget about counting calories, a controversial report has claimed. Is it true?
We give the BHF view on news stories reporting that potatoes will increase your risk of hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure.
We analyse news stories based on research about whether drinking more wine or beer can lower your risk of coronary heart disease.
We look at media coverage of a story suggesting that media coverage about statins could lead to more deaths from heart disease.
We report on a study that links loneliness and social isolation with an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Losing a partner could put you at risk of atrial fibrillation, according to recent news stories. We look behind the headlines.
We look at media coverage of a story suggesting women are more likely to have a heart attack if they have endometriosis.
It’s easy to take media coverage of health stories at face value, but a degree of scepticism is important, as we explain.
We report on a study which says that eating fruit and vegetables with high levels of flavonoids may help prevent weight gain.
We report on a study which says that being a healthy weight is more important than being physically fit when it comes to premature death.
We know you love Heart Matters recipes - they're delicious, heart-healthy and easy to follow, with full nutritional information. So why not share them with a loved one too? Here are our top picks for a romantic night in.
Behind the headlines: debunking the heart health stories that are making the news.
We meet many amazing survivors, who show that heart problems don't need to be the end of life as you know it. Here are their most inspiring pieces of advice.
We examine claims that drinking coffee regularly can help you to live longer.
Heart events can knock your confidence and make the prospect of exercise daunting, so getting back to the activities you love seems impossible. But it can be done. Here are 10 inspiring stories of getting active again.
Being a woman with a heart condition isn't always easy. From caring responsibilities to difficulty with diagnosis, we present the results of our survey.
Explore our infographic with exclusive survey results on what it's like to be a woman with a heart condition.
We analyse news coverage of research suggesting that fidgeting can erase the damaging effects of spending a lot of time sitting down.
We give the BHF view on news stories about potential risks of pacemakers and ICDs.
We take an in depth look at research suggesting that women lose more years of life to a heart attack than men.