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How can art and science work together to help patients with heart disease?
How can art and science work together to help patients with heart disease better understand their illness and treatment? The artist, Sofie Layton and bioengineer, Giovanni Biglino worked with patients at Great Ormond Street to look inside themselves and reflect on the uniqueness of their bodies to discover the stories they carry inside their hearts. The heart holds a unique place in our bodies and lives so we meet Tahera, mother of Arif, one the patients who took part in this journey of discovery and an exploration of both his medical heart and poetic heart.

Producer Sarah Addezio

Beetroot Juice to Improve Failing Heartbeats

Can nitrate from beetroot juice alleviate heart failure?
Giving nitric oxide back to the heart and blood vessels in heart disease could alleviate the growing problem of heart failure, when diseased hearts fail to pump properly. Amrita Ahluwalia and Christopher Primus are testing if regular doses of beetroot juice, rich in nitrate, will to provide the answer.



Image: Logo for Beetroot Heart Research Project. Credit: Beetroot Heart Research Project