Latest British Heart Foundation Stories

2011-12-23 09:17:42

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan for coronary heart disease is better than the most commonly-used alternative, a major UK trial of heart disease patients has shown. The findings by University of Leeds researchers could change the way that people with suspected heart disease are assessed, potentially avoiding the need for tests that are invasive or use ionizing radiation. Full results of the study, which was funded by a £1.3 million grant from the British Heart Foundation...

2011-10-13 10:25:22

New research has found that stem cells derived from human cord blood could be an effective alternative in repairing heart attacks. At least 20 million people survive heart attacks and strokes every year, according to World Health Organization estimates, but many have poor life expectancy and require continual costly clinical care.  The use of patient´s own stem cells may repair heart attacks, although their benefit may be limited due to scarce availability and ageing.  The...

Poor Sleep Quality Can Affect Blood Pressure
2011-08-30 08:24:38

  A new study has found that older men who suffer from a lack of deep sleep are nearly twice as likely to have high blood pressure (HBP), reports BBC News. The new research, published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that reduced slow wave sleep (SWS) is a powerful predictor for developing the condition that causes deadly heart attack, stroke and other health problems. SWS, a deep stage of sleep, is characterized by non-rapid eye movement...

2011-07-20 13:40:00

A new study has found that if heart disease patients stop taking aspirin it could raise their heart attack risk, reports BBC News. Researchers said that users stop taking aspirin against medical advice, which puts them at a 60 percent greater risk of a non-fatal heart attack. The findings come from a U.K. database of about 40,000 patients who had been prescribed the drug by their doctor. For the 1,000 patients that took part in the study, there were about four extra cases of non-fatal...

2011-05-30 00:00:28

The Heart Fit Clinic's new website is providing instant access to these steps so that people can be aware of their disease risk and start to implement these steps to take control of their cardiovascular health. This will complete phase 1 of 3 with their new website. Phase 2 is coming soon with a free risk assessment and phase 3 will be the launch of the membership section. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death and hospitalization of...

2010-07-06 13:53:14

Study shows gene-environment interaction in congenital heart disease A pregnant mother's diet may be able to interact with the genes her unborn child inherits and influence the type or severity of birth defect according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The study, published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, suggests that mothers who eat a high fat diet before and through pregnancy could be inadvertently putting the health of their...

2010-04-26 10:35:18

Scientists have for the first time succeeded in extracting vital stem cells from sections of vein removed for heart bypass surgery. Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that these stem cells can stimulate new blood vessels to grow, which could potentially help repair damaged heart muscle after a heart attack. The research, by Paolo Madeddu, Professor of Experimental Cardiovascluar Medicine and his team in the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI) at the University of...

2010-02-15 07:47:43

Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the British Heart Foundation at the University of Oxford have developed a revolutionary way of capturing a high-resolution still image alongside very high-speed video - a new technology that is attractive for science, industry and consumer sectors alike. By combining off-the-shelf technologies found in standard cameras and digital movie projectors they have successfully created a tool that will transform many...

2009-08-31 12:25:00

Healthy people who take a daily dose of aspirin to reduce the chances of having a heart attack could be doing more harm than good, according to a team of British researchers. The Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis (AAA) study shows that healthy people "who do not have symptomatic or diagnosed artery or heart disease should not take aspirin, because the risks of bleeding may outweigh the benefits," said Professor Peter Weissberg, of the British Heart Foundation, which helped fund the...

2009-08-11 11:22:40

Rats fed a high-fat diet show a stark reduction in their physical endurance and a decline in their cognitive ability after just nine days, a study by Oxford University researchers has shown.The research, funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the FASEB Journal, may have implications not only for those eating lots of high-fat foods, but also athletes looking for the optimal diet for training and patients with metabolic disorders.'We found that rats, when switched to a high-fat...

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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.