Healthy Hearts

IMAGINE giving a chance to millions living with debilitating cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in the UK and is one of the greatest threats to health and wellbeing we face globally. Cardiovascular disease causes more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, killing one person every three minutes. It is estimated that 7 million people are currently living with cardiovascular disease in the UK.

Research by institutions such as the University of Reading had had a huge impact in the last four decades, and has resulted in a halving of the death rate in these patients. Despite this, we are now faced with ongoing challenges: an ageing population and modern lifestyles mean that although more people are surviving, more people are living with or are affected by cardiovascular disease. The likelihood is that we all know someone living with cardiovascular disease, who will probably need a lifetime of treatment.

More than ever, there is a real need to improve our understanding, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and related metabolic disease.

The Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) at the University of Reading is working to understand why cardiovascular disease develops in some people but not others, how it may be prevented, and how to safely and effectively treat it.

We are using our knowledge to inform the measures that can be taken to prevent cardiovascular disease from developing, and the creation of new and crucial drugs to treat disease when this occurs. Developing this knowledge could establish new ways to improve human health and avoid what is shaping up to be a 21st century healthcare crisis.

Reading has a strong track record in cardiovascular research, health and nutrition. Research conducted at the ICMR has led to crucial breakthroughs, such as the development of more effective anti-thrombotic agents – providing more effective drugs for those who suffer with dangerous blood clotting.

Our research is focussed around:

Although we have made significant progress in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, it remains the single biggest killer in the UK, and without significant medical breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment we will see this continue.  With your help the University of Reading can further expand its resources to develop cutting edge ways to address cardiovascular disease and help reduce the devastating impact experienced by millions of people.

Together we can make it happen.

Key project facts and stats

Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in the UK and is one of the greatest threats to health and wellbeing we face globally


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W M Childs

Universities are living things: they feel, think and do. They are centres of intelligence; they are concerned with ideas; they have outposts upon the frontiers of knowledge; they sometimes do beautiful and remarkable things; they dream and imagine.

W M Childs

First Vice-Chancellor, 1926-29

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