Mark Tami Supports Heart Research to Save Lives

This week Mark Tami showed his support for UK medical research by joining British Heart Foundation (BHF) scientists and heart patients to hear how research is helping to save and improve the lives of the millions of people affected by heart disease.

Mark Tami said: “Heart and circulatory disease cause a quarter of all deaths in the UK and charities like the British Heart Foundation work heard to fund research to ensure that breakthroughs are made in preventing and curing diseases.”

“It is vital that the Government continue to support this research so that great strides and continue to be made.”

There are an estimated seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease across the UK.

The BHF is the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research and spends around £100 million every year on world class research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

The UK Government’s science budget is currently protected from cuts to expenditure but only until April 2016. The BHF is calling on the Government to maintain the current ring-fencing of the science budget and commit to future increases.

Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Any cut to science funding would be extremely damaging to our life saving research and fight against heart disease. Through our research we’ve helped make great progress over the last 50 years to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease by more than 50 per cent and improve the lives of people living with it.

“This year alone our researchers have developed a highly sensitive blood test that could double the detection rates of heart attacks in women. And recently our researchers have improved our understanding of how we may be able to regenerate the heart after a heart attack bringing hope that one day there will be a treatment for severe heart failure.

“Much more research is needed if we are to continue helping the millions of families across the UK deeply affected by heart disease, and this can’t be done without strong government support.

“The government urgently needs to secure the future medical research by maintaining the current ring-fence and committing to future increases.”

Find out more about the vital work carried out by our researchers at www.bhf.org.uk/research