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About Heart Disease

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About Help BEAT Heart Disease

Help BEAT Heart Disease is part of Research for the Future, an NHS-supported campaign that helps people living with heart disease find out about and take part in health and care research.

Taking part in research means you are not only helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses but also learning more about living with and managing your own condition.  Find out more

About Heart Disease

There are many different heart conditions and problems which can be referred to as ‘heart disease’.  The term ‘cardiovascular disease’ is also used to describe any disease affecting the heart or blood vessels (circulation).  Examples of heart disease include angina, heart attack, heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms.

There are lots of factors which can affect heart health including smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and physical inactivity. Find out more about heart disease, including how to manage it, on the British Heart Foundation website.

There are around seven million people living with heart disease in the UK. If you’re interested in finding out how you can take part in cardiovascular research studies, join Help BEAT Heart Disease. By signing up you could help to improve future generations’ healthcare.

Joining Help BEAT Heart Disease

Joining Help BEAT Heart Disease is free. When you sign up, we will ask you for your contact details, what heart condition you have and whether you have a family history of heart disease. We will explain the different types of research and you can tell us which of these you are interested in.

It is always your decision whether you take part in any research we tell you about. Your participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw from a study or from the Research for the Future database at any time without it affecting the care you receive.

Any information you provide is stored on a secure NHS database and will never be passed to anyone else.  Please see our Privacy Notice for further details about how we protect your personal information.

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Current studies

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Gendius 21

Gathering opinions on a new research project investigating whether AI (artificial intelligence) can be used to predict which people with diabetes are most at risk of developing kidney or cardiovascular disease.

Find out more about: Gendius 21

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STEP HFpEF study

Investigating how well a new drug called semaglutide works at helping people lose weight and reduce symptoms of heart failure.

Find out more about: STEP HFpEF study

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This study will investigate the effect of medication reviews on blood pressure control in people with hypertension (high blood pressure).

Find out more about: OUTREACH

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EVENS (Evidence for Equality National Survey)

This survey will investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown is affecting people and will document the experiences of ethnic and religious minority people.

Find out more about: EVENS (Evidence for Equality National Survey)

How you've helped us

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Using artificial intelligence to predict risk

Project looking to develop research to understand if integrating a range of data resources can support healthcare professionals to better identify and manage people at risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Mediterranean diet and resistance exercise for cardiac rehabilitation

Testing the feasibility and acceptability of a high-protein Mediterranean-style diet and resistance exercise program to help increase muscle mass in cardiac rehabilitation patients.