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We are the biggest funder of heart research in the UK

Our research on heart disease is powered by your support

Who we are

The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it. Our pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK’s fight against heart disease.

A vision for a better future

Our vision is a world where people don't die prematurely from heart disease.

We'll continue the fight through our pioneering heart research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.

50 years fighting heart disease

We were founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

After half a century of extraordinary scientific and societal progress we have helped to transform the landscape of heart disease. Explore 50 years of the fight against heart disease.

A dedicated team

We are governed by a board of Trustees who volunteer their time to help direct our work. They oversee our Directors who manage the staff across the whole charity. Everyone is dedicated to the fight to keep hearts beating.

Join our fight for every heartbeat

Our research is powered by your support. Every pound raised, every minute of your time and every donation to our shops will help make a massive difference to people’s lives.