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Gout Drug Mends Broken Hearts

A drug used to treat arthritis has been found to clear clogged arteries in heart attack survivors, world-first Australian research shows.
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Kelly took 3 months off her PhD to deliver cardiovascular care to the Asia Pacific

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Prevention

90 per cent of Australians have one modifiable risk factor for heart disease. We're investing in a future free from cardiovascular disease. 

Detection

Cardiovascular disease affects 2 in 3 families and tears families apart. Early detection can mean the difference between life and death. 

Treatment

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, killing 125 people every day. Today's research is tomorrow's cure. 

Did you know?
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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Latest news from our research labs

Do we lose gains from exercise as our bodies get used to it?

One of the most beautiful things about the human body is its resilience and its ability to adapt to physical demands like exercise training. If you undertake exercise that’s physically challenging, your body will adapt to this stress to ensure the same activity feels slightly easier in the future. But is this adaptation a blessing or a curse? Could we lose gains from exercise as our bodies get used to it? And what can you do about it?

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Illuminate 2017: Celebrating science and curiosity

The Heart Research Institute’s annual Awards for Excellence dinner, Illuminate, was recently held to celebrate and recognise some of our most up-and-coming scientists and showcase to our supporters some of the advances we are making in our mission to fight cardiovascular disease.
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Meet the team: Bob Lee

As a Kiwi transplant, Bob Lee has experienced the research environment on both sides of the Tasman Sea. But while his life is currently in Sydney, where the HRI is based, the ties to home remain strong for Bob. 

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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.