These are just some of the breakthroughs we are fighting to achieve – together.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a dangerous type of arrhythmia that causes the heart to beat irregularly and inefficiently. People with AF are five times more likely to have stroke compared to those without. With your support, the team at HRI, led by Professor Ben Freedman, collaborated internationally to investigate monitoring patients for AF by using mobile phones that are equipped with a monitoring app and finger pad electrodes. The results are made available immediately, so any signs of AF could be picked up and treated straight away. By detecting AF in a greater number of patients, this system has the potential to reduce the risk of secondary stroke and save lives.
Protect people at high risk of prediabetes
Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), and people living with type 2 diabetes are over twice as likely to develop CVD. The team at HRI, under lead researcher Dr Yen Chin Koay, has validated the metabolic pathways that link dietary components with the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. With further research, we could facilitate development of strategies personalised to the individual to help prevent prediabetes in those at increased risk – potentially saving lives.
Prevent deadly heart attacks
A heart attack caused by unstable plaque claims as many as 10 Aussie lives every day. This type of heart attack can strike without warning, at any time and any age. Supported by you, Professor Roland Stocker and his team at HRI are working on creating a world-first “early warning system” diagnostic test that not only detects when someone is at high risk of a heart attack, it highlights the area where unstable plaque is present. The next stage of the project is to try to stabilise the plaque to prevent it causing a heart attack.
Thank you for saving lives.
One in every 20 Australian adults is affected by CVD. Every 18 minutes, one family loses a loved one to CVD.
“Without people like you, I wouldn’t be here today to watch my son Clancy grow up.”— Matt, 40, heart attack survivor
“It’s vital to research new ways of surgery. By understanding the condition more, we can shape the future.” – Liesl, 23, living with congenital heart disease
Your support has provided scholarships for the next generation of scientists.
You have helped them to gain hands-on experience in cardiovascular research as well as develop essential research skills. This helps to build our research capabilities, ensuring that critical work can continue into the future in the fight against cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke.
Victoria, one of the up-and-coming young researchers you have enabled to contribute to our life-saving work, shares a special thank you for your support in this video.
Your support is vital to keeping our scientists in the labs so they can keep fighting to protect the community from heart disease.
Take a virtual walk through our world-class research facilities to see first-hand the impact you have had in ensuring our labs are at the cutting-edge of technology, so that we can continue making groundbreaking discoveries.
You are critical to the fight against cardiovascular disease.
Over 70 per cent of the funding for our life-saving work comes from donors like you. Your generosity allows us to continue our research today – for the treatments and cures of tomorrow. Thank you.