MP backs work to tackle ‘dev­as­tat­ing’ heart dis­ease

Bri­tish Heart Foundation needs pub­lic sup­port to fund world’s lead­ing re­searchers

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More than 8,840 peo­ple in the Che­sham and Amer­sham con­stituency are liv­ing with heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease.

This month, Mrs Gil­lan showed her sup­port for UK med­i­cal re­search by join­ing Bri­tish Heart Foundation (BHF) sci­en­tists to hear how re­search is help­ing to save and im­prove the lives of the mil­lions of peo­ple af­fected by heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease in the UK.

At the Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence in Manch­ester, Mrs Gil­lan spoke to BHF­funded re­searchers and raced around the spe­cial BHF track to learn more about the lat­est re­search projects and find out why it is im­por­tant the Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to in­vest in sci­ence in the forth­com­ing Spend­ing Re­view and keeps UK re­search in poll po­si­tion.

Mrs Gil­lan said: “Heart dis­ease is a dev­as­tat­ing con­di­tion that af­fects thou­sands of peo­ple across Che­sham and Amer­sham.

“But with the pub­lic’s sup­port, char­i­ties like the BHF are able to fund some of the world’s lead­ing re­searchers, who work tire­lessly to find the next ma­jor break­through that could help save more lives.

“I’m proud of the UK’s world lead­ing po­si­tion on re­search as Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment pro­vides vi­tal foun­da­tions on which char­i­ties and industry can build. With­out it, their abil­ity to fund life sav­ing re­search and con­tinue to make dis­cov­er­ies that trans­form lives would be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.

“That’s why I sup­port con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in the Spend­ing Re­view for the health of the UK and its econ­omy.”

There are an es­ti­mated seven mil­lion peo­ple across the UK liv­ing with heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease. It causes a quar­ter of all deaths in the UK.

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

The BHF is call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to main­tain the sci­ence bud­get.

Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor at the BHF Pro­fes­sor Pe­ter Weiss­berg said: “Any cut to sci­ence fund­ing would be ex­tremely dam­ag­ing to our life sav­ing re­search and the 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 re­searcher­shavede­vel­oped a highly sen­si­tive blood test that could dou­ble the de­tec­tion rate 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.

“More re­search is needed to make dis­cov­er­ies that will lead to med­i­cal ad­vances to fur­ther trans­form and save lives. We can’t do this alone. Our life sav­ing sci­ence can only ex­ist in a world-class re­search en­vi­ron­ment. We need the Gov­ern­ment to main­tain the UK’s worldlead­ing po­si­tion by main­tain­ing the sci­ence bud­get in real terms in the Spend­ing Re­view.’

Che­sham and Amer­sham

MP Ch­eryl Gin­nan

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