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

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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.

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The PRINCIPLE clinical trial is looking to find low-risk treatments that can be taken at home for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

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Experiences of psychosis

An online study looking to understand how people’s experiences of relationships can link to the development of psychosis.

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How you've helped us

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Using artificial intelligence to predict risk

Greater Manchester has some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) inequality in England, with premature CVD contributing to the 20-year gap in healthy life expectancy. A collaborative team of researchers based at Manchester Metropolitan University have proposed a research study that will integrate a number of data resources and use computer algorithms and […]

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Mediterranean diet and resistance exercise for cardiac rehabilitation

After a cardiac event such as a heart attack, people attend cardiac rehabilitation services to help stop the disease from getting worse.  Some people with heart disease may not look overweight but may have lower levels of muscle and higher levels of fat which may put them at greater risk of having another heart attack. […]