HRI at the forefront of a global push for Stroke Screen HRI at the forefront of a global push for Stroke Screen

HRI at the forefront of a global push for Stroke Screen

Screening for irregular heartbeats to prevent thousands of strokes worldwide.
Glowing Stem Cells Mend Broken Hearts Glowing Stem Cells Mend Broken Hearts

Glowing Stem Cells Mend Broken Hearts

A young Australian scientist is heralding hope for broken hearts with a cutting-edge tool
Kelly took 3 months off her PhD to deliver cardiovascular care to the Asia Pacific Kelly took 3 months off her PhD to deliver cardiovascular care to the Asia Pacific

Kelly took 3 months off her PhD to deliver cardiovascular care to the Asia Pacific

Find out about the experience she will never forget.

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Australian women are almost three times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer. 1
63% of Australians are overweight or obese. 2
Heart disease now affects 1 in every 6 Australians and 2 out of 3 families. 3

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HRI at the forefront of a global push for stroke screen

Older people should be routinely screened for an irregular heartbeat to prevent thousands of strokes worldwide each year, a top-level expert panel of health specialists has urged. An international collaboration, AF-SCREEN, co-founded by Heart Research Institute cardiologist Professor Ben Freedman, is behind a global push to introduce national screening programs for the common heart condition atrial fibrillation (AF), which triggers catastrophic strokes.

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Phil's story

Late one night, Phil began to feel a sharp stabbing pains under his left armpit. The pains abated overnight but returned the next morning when Phil was driving to work. While it wasn’t classic chest pain, it was severe and as Phil remembers, “It was a pain that was not normal for me, and it was very severe, so I took myself straight to the hospital.”

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Healthy Whole Foods Easter Menu

One of the wonderful things about holidays and special celebrations is the food! There’s no need to get off track with your healthy habits just because it’s a long weekend. With an unusual abundance of chocolate about, we think it pays to whip up a healthy dinner party for your weekend entertaining rather than spending next week in a food coma because you overdid it. Here’s a nutritious, delicious, bursting with flavour Easter menu that consists of whole, fresh, unprocessed foods that  doesn’t overdo it on the calories. 

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1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2010. Women and heart disease: cardiovascular profile of women in Australia. Cardiovascular disease series no. 33. Cat. no. CVD 49. Canberra: AIHW. 
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare analysis of ABS 'Microdata: Australian Health Survey, Core Content—Risk Factors and Selected Health Conditions, 2011–12'. 
3 Heart Foundation Australia 2013. Data and Statistics.