BHF awards £2million funding for coronary heart disease research

7 August 2015        

Professor Emanueli standing in her lab

Our new BHF Professor Costanza Emanueli will use the £2million to continue her research into ways to improve the outcome for patients after they’ve had life-changing bypass surgery.

Professor Emanueli is also working with fellow Bristol heart surgeons, including BHF Professor Gianni Angelini, to develop new tests which could help surgeons determine the risk of complications after bypass surgery allowing them to take preventative action.

After she received news of the new funding Professor Emanueli said: “Bypass surgery is a very safe and effective procedure but, from working with my surgical colleagues in Bristol, I am all too aware of its limitations. Through my research, I hope to make the operation even safer and have an even more positive impact on the person undergoing the surgery.”

Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack, is responsible for over 73,000 deaths a year in the UK. More than 2.3 million people in the UK are living with coronary heart disease – it’s the major cause of deadly heart attacks.

People with coronary heart disease can have reduced blood supply to the heart muscle and are at a high risk of a heart attack. One treatment is surgery to bypass the narrowed section of a coronary artery to improve that supply. Around 17,000 coronary bypass surgery procedures are carried out each year in the UK but they could be improved, particularly for people with diabetes who don’t recover as well.

Your support has helped fund the breakthroughs that have made bypass surgery common, but more research must be carried out to find out why bypass surgery doesn’t work for everyone and find a solution. You can donate to this next step in pioneering life saving surgical research.