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Weak handshake could be sign of a failing heart

14 March 2018

Weak handshake could be sign of a failing heart. Hand grip strength could be used as a simple measure of heart health, according to new research published today in PLOS ONE and funded by the BHF.

Number of known stroke risk genes tripled

13 March 2018

An international team of researchers has identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke, tripling the number of genes known to increase stroke risk.

Scientists to investigate cause of heart defects in children

12 March 2018

Scientists at the University of Oxford will try to identify new reasons why children are born with heart defects. Dr Duncan Sparrow has been awarded £941,000 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to set up a research team to determine how environmental factors can cause abnormalities in how the heart develops.

Birmingham scientists to study how a garden plant could help heart patients

12 March 2018

Birmingham researchers awarded project grant to explore use of digoxin, found in foxgloves, for heart failure and atrial fibrillation treatments.

Research highlights the urgent need for better diagnosis of deadly inherited heart conditions

9 March 2018

New figures released by the BHF show that people with inherited heart conditions are often not diagnosed until a life-threatening cardiac arrest or sudden death in the family.

Urgent need to improve survival for heart attack patients with pre-existing conditions

7 March 2018

Patients who are living with other illnesses are likely to survive for significantly shorter times after a heart attack, according to new research that we've part-funded.

Five types of diabetes identified

2 March 2018

Scientists have identified five different types of diabetes, according to a study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. The researchers suggest that it is now time to move away from the idea that there are only two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.

Progress in reducing heart attack deaths stalls

22 February 2018

Progress in reducing premature deaths (under 75) from coronary heart disease – the leading cause of heart attacks - is slowing to a near standstill, according to our latest figures.

How repairing a broken volume switch could help people with heart failure

20 February 2018

We're funding a study to repair a broken link to nerve cells that exacerbates damage caused by cardiovascular disease.

Rapid air pollution increases as harmful as sustained exposure, according to new research

16 February 2018

Rapid increase in pollution may be as harmful to the heart as sustained high levels, according to new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.