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New imaging technique leads to promising results for experimental heart attack drug

5 June 2017

Every day 190 people in the UK die from a heart attack. Researchers in Oxford have used a scanning method to develop a new drug which may help hearts heal.

Genes explain mystery heart failure in pregnant women

5 June 2017

A new genetic discovery could explain the cause of a mysterious and potentially-deadly heart condition which affects women during or just after pregnancy.

Iron deficiency in heart failure patients contributes to poor outcomes

5 June 2017

Patients admitted with acute heart failure who exhibit iron deficiency (ID) tend to have a longer and more expensive hospital stay and a greater likelihood of readmission, according to analysis of Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) in England presented today at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) conference in Manchester.

Art project featuring four heart heroes set to inspire the nation to wear red

1 June 2017

Heart heroes vanished into iconic red London landmarks to mark the launch of the British Heart Foundation’s Wear it. Beat it. campaign. The images bring to light how more than one in four deaths in the UK (26%) are caused by heart and circulatory disease each year.

Report reveals benefits of EU-UK medical research partnerships

30 May 2017

Partnerships between UK and EU medical researchers have increased the value of research, benefiting patients across Europe, according to a report that we've part-funded.

Statins link to better heart structure and function

26 May 2017

Statins are associated with improved heart structure and function, according to research presented at the EuroCMR conference in Prague.

A third of all stroke survivors could develop dementia within five years

20 May 2017

This dementia awareness week, three of the UK’s leading health charities have highlighted that one in ten stroke survivors are expected to develop dementia within a year of having their stroke.

Standardised cigarette packs come in to force

20 May 2017

Our Chief Executive has today welcomed the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging, following many years of campaigning by the BHF and other leading health organisations.

BHF funded defibrillators are reliable and safe

19 May 2017

It has been reported in today’s news that according to Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) more than 10,000 ‘LIFEPAK 1000’ defibrillators in the UK may be affected by a fault, meaning they won’t work in an emergency.

Thousands of people undiagnosed with irregular heartbeat increasing risk of stroke

19 May 2017

New estimates we've released today show that up to 500,000 people could be living undiagnosed with the heart rhythm condition, atrial fibrillation