Our areas of work

Our Gift of Hope funds let you choose which area of our work you’d like to support.

Research into heart and circulatory disease

We are the UK's number one heart charity and through 50 years of funding cutting edge research we have already made a big difference to people's lives. Today, we are funding thousands of research projects around the UK that are helping us beat heartbreak forever.

We fund the brightest and best research into heart and circulatory diseases. This could be a PhD student at a well-known University or a collaboration between a top BHF Professor and a lesser known Institute.



Heart and circulatory diseases, like coronary heart disease, stroke or vascular dementia, and their risk factors like diabetes affect millions of people in the UK. We know it can be overwhelming if you’re diagnosed with one of these conditions, but we are here to help. Read on to find out what support we can offer.


Vascular dementia

Vascular dementia happens when the blood supply to the brain becomes limited. This means some parts of the brain do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients and the brain cells start to die. This leads to a loss of brain function. The symptoms of vascular dementia include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia, affecting around 150,000 people in the UK.


Case study

Gwyneth was 20ft up in the air on a climbing wall when she started to struggle with her grip and couldn’t place her left foot. Her climbing partner lowered her down, and as soon as feet touched the ground she knew something was really wrong. She was taken to hospital for a CT scan where it was confirmed she’d had a haemorrhagic stroke.

Our research

Thanks to our research, today more people than ever survive heart and circulatory diseases. But these conditions still cause heartbreak for millions of families - killing 1 in 4 people in the UK. Together, we can change that.

The British Heart Foundation

Our vision is a world without heart and circulatory diseases. We raise money to fund research to find the preventions, treatments and cures, so we can beat heartbreak forever.