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Extra winter heart disease deaths rise to 7,400

24 November 2017

There were 7,400 extra winter deaths from heart disease and strokes between December 2016 and March 2017, according to new statistics. This was an increase of 1,600, up from 5,800 extra winter deaths during winter 2015-2016.

Children with heart disease being let down by lack of clinical trials

23 November 2017

Less than one per cent of UK children born with congenital heart disease are enrolled in clinical trials looking to improve treatments, according to research we've funded.

23% increase in heart failure patients since 2002

22 November 2017

New research shows that Heart failure is now as common in the UK as the four most common types of cancer combined. Researchers funded funded by the British Heart Foundation and National Institute for Health Research from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford, looked at the records of four million patients and found heart failure increased by 23% between 2002 and 2014. There work is published today in The Lancet

Exercise for the over 65s - it's never too late to get active

22 November 2017

It is well known that regular physical exercise has major health benefits. Recently published research has shown a benefit for even a small amount of exercise in people over 65.

Drug could put an end to transplant rejection

21 November 2017

A diabetes drug currently undergoing development could be repurposed to help end transplant rejection, without the side-effects of current immunosuppressive drugs, according to new research that we've funded.

Congenital heart disease forces six in ten parents to work less or give up job

20 November 2017

New statistics released by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) show the true cost of congenital heart disease on UK families as parents reveal the challenges they face for the charity’s Christmas Appeal.

Why owning a dog could also be good for your heart

20 November 2017

Dog owners have a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease according to a significant new international study.

New cause of heart failure discovered

14 November 2017

A new treatment for heart failure is a step closer after a study has found that a part of our immune system once thought to prevent organ damage is actually a leading cause of scarring and heart failure.

New study reveals the reality of growing up with congenital heart disease

13 November 2017

New research we’ve released today reveals the struggles of hundreds of families coping with the life-long effects of congenital heart disease.

Scientists to investigate helpful and harmful fat

13 November 2017

Scientists at the University of Oxford are to investigate why people store fat in different parts of their body.