Congenital heart disease
Where we are now
Every year in the UK, thousands of babies are born with congenital heart disease.
On average, 13 babies are diagnosed each day. But some diagnoses won't happen until they are much older, even as late as adulthood.
It's one of the most common birth defects, and some children may need specialist care for the rest of their lives.
Where we want to be
We want to understand why congenital heart diseases happens, so we can develop new therapies and support more effective surgery.
Dr David Lloyd, funded by BHF, is studying how the placenta could be involved in the development of congenital heart disease.
This will help us understand more about how a baby’s environment before birth might shape their future cardiovascular health.
Rory was born with a congenital heart condition, coarctation of the aorta.
It was actually diagnosed in the womb by Dr David Lloyd.
Dr Lloyd carried out a foetal MRI scan, creating a detailed 3D image of Rory’s heart, enabling a treatment plan to be put in place for Rory as soon as he was born.