News from the BHF

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Latest news

Over 1 million smokers use e-cigarettes to quit

9 March 2016

New research released on No Smoking Day reveals that over 1 million are using e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

Majority of children with high cholesterol condition FH are successfully treated with statins

7 March 2016

Research we funded shows that around 60 per cent of children over the age of ten years who are affected by the inherited condition familial hypercholesterolaemia, are treated with lipid-lowering statin therapy.

New heart attack genes discovered

7 March 2016

Researchers we fund have discovered two new genes which are associated with a person's risk of coronary heart disease. The finding, made possible by donations to the BHF, could lead to new treatments to prevent heart attacks.

Research to prevent sudden death in young adults

4 March 2016

New work to diagnose and cure myocarditis, which can cause sudden cardiac death in young adults is being carried out at Queen Mary University of London, thanks to new research funding.

Ageing begins in the womb according to study we funded

3 March 2016

Ageing begins in the womb according to study we funded at the University of Cambridge. The researchers also found that providing mothers with antioxidants during pregnancy meant that their offspring aged more slowly in adulthood.

Research claims happiness can break your heart too

3 March 2016

Happy events can trigger a heart condition known as takotsubo syndrome, according to research.

The mystery disease causing heart attacks in women

29 February 2016

A rare cardiovascular condition called spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD, is causing spontaneous heart attacks – mainly in women. Thanks to the power of social media, SCAD survivors and your donations researchers in Leicester have launched the UK’s first SCAD clinical study.

Students scoff over 1.1 million chocolate bars a term

25 February 2016

We surveyed the UK's Top 100 universities to find out the nation's most chocoholic students ahead of DECHOX.

Detecting deadly heart attack causing plaques

25 February 2016

A new imaging technique could make it easier for doctors to identify risky fatty plaques that could cause a heart attack or stroke.

Smokers warned of amputation risk as a million could be living with deadly vascular disease

24 February 2016

A million people in the UK could be living with a serious vascular condition that can lead to leg amputation or a fatal heart attack, experts predict.