They are caused by atherosclerosis – the build-up of fatty deposits in the lining of coronary arteries feeding the heart or carotid arteries feeding the brain.
Atherosclerosis can’t be stopped and current treatments can’t reverse it. But there are medicines and other treatments that can slow down its progress and lower the chances of a heart attack or stroke occurring.
Research is helping us better understand atherosclerosis so we can come up with ways to stop its progress.
We are committed to supporting research so that no-one dies prematurely from heart and circulatory disease.
We will fund the most talented people at all career stages and seek to attract outstanding researchers from around the world.
We will support research into all forms of cardiovascular disease, whether common or rare.
We will continue to fund all types of research into cardiovascular disease, including laboratory studies, clinical studies and population studies.
We will support research collaborations across borders and disciplines, and join forces with other funders to support more comprehensive research programmes.
We will support research by informaticians, nurses and allied health professionals, and help build research capacity in cardiac and vascular surgery and congenital heart disease.
We will fund research aimed specifically at facilitating the translation of BHF-funded discoveries into patient benefit.