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We fund research into stroke

Because people with a history of heart diseases are twice as likely to suffer from a stroke. Our research starts with your heart, but doesn't stop there. 

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What is a stroke and what causes it? 

There are two different main types of stroke; one’s caused by a blockage in an artery feeding the brain - sometimes by a blood clot that travelled from the heart, and the other caused by a bleed. Both cut off blood supply to part of your brain and both cause your brain cells to become damaged or die.

Currently, there is no effective treatment for stroke. But if we can learn as much about stroke as we have done about heart diseases in the last few decades, there is every reason to believe we could develop new ways to prevent and treat it.

Strokes can affect anyone, including babies like Bethany whose development has now faced challenges.

She'd been unwell for about a week or so before. She had a red throat and sweats. There is a theory that she had a heart infection called endocarditis which caused the hole in her heart, and this caused her to have a stroke.
Bethany's mum and dad

What kind of research do we fund into stroke?

Our research focuses on better ways to prevent or treat strokes as they happen and shortly afterwards, to reduce the damage that they cause.

Using broccoli to protect the brain

When a person has a stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain, that clot can sometimes be broken down by clot-busting drugs. The problem is, when this happens molecules called free radicals travel into the part of the brain that’s not getting enough blood and damage brain cells. But could a molecule found in broccoli hold answers?

Professor Giovanni Mann from the King’s College London BHF Centre of Research Excellence has been studying the molecule, sulforaphane, to find out. Sulforaphane works by boosting a molecule called Nrf2, which protects the cell from damage by switching on antioxidant genes that help protect against damaging free radicals.

This research may reveal a new way to prevent or treat stroke, which could help people in the future. 

It is one of hundreds of research projects we fund every year to protect the people you love from heart and circulatory conditions.

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