Protecting tiny hearts
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub was the first BHF Professor of cardiothoracic surgery and pioneered a number of operations to correct congenital heart conditions. He developed the arterial switch operation, now used around the world to treat children with a congenital heart disease called transposition of the great arteries. During the operation, the surgeon switches the great arteries back to the position they should be in. Most children are able to lead normal lives after this operation.
In the 1970s, BHF Professor Robert Anderson mapped the electrical activity in healthy hearts and hearts with different congenital defects. His work means surgeons can now avoid damaging the heart’s electrical activity during surgery. This gives babies the best chance of life, by identifying and treating abnormalities as safely and as early as possible.
Find out how we're funding research into congenital heart defects, to keep more tiny hearts beating.