Since our foundation in 1961, we've contributed to some of the biggest advances in heart disease research. From clot-busting drugs for treating heart attack, to revolutionising pacemaker technology. But heart and circulatory conditions are still the biggest killers across the world. We’re working to change that.
In 1961, 8 out of 10 babies born with a congenital heart condition died before their first birthday. Thanks to our research, 8 out of 10 babies survive to adulthood.
Since we were founded we’ve been working hard to improve and save the lives of people with abnormal heart rhythms. We’ve come a long way, but we have more to do.
Since we were founded in 1961, our researchers have made many breakthroughs in heart failure medication.
We’ve made huge progress in diagnosing and treating heart attacks. In the 1960s, 7 out of 10 heart attacks were fatal. Now, at least 7 out of 10 people survive.
Thousands of people in the UK have heart valve replacement each year, and many benefit from the research and advances made possible by the BHF.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a disease where the muscle wall of the heart gets thicker. BHF researchers have pioneered treatments for this condition.