Wouldn’t you want to know, if you were at risk of a heart attack? 

It is easy to believe that a heart attack, won’t happen to us or the people we love. Especially, when we are fit, young and healthy, but Fiona Wiltshire is proof it can happen to anyone. 

Only 8 weeks ago, everything looked ‘picture perfect’ for Fiona. She had a great life. Just middle aged, fit, apparently healthy, a loving husband and daughters. She also had a job she loved making a difference, as a learning support teacher.   

Yet, she had a heart attack – essentially out of the blue. With no traditional risk factors, and a normal ECG and blood pressure test, she and her family were left shocked, scared and with their lives changed for ever. 

While Fiona survived, too many others are not so lucky – heart disease still remains Australia’s number one killer. With a heart attack happening every 10 minutes and 23 people dying of a heart attack every day. 

We urgently need to find ways to assess a person’s heart attack risk. And we are funding exciting new research which helps us to do just that. 

A result unique to you  

Dr Belinda Di Bartolo is developing a test that would be unique to you. 

By looking at the plaque inside your artery walls, she will identify your precise cell profile, then correlate this with markers in your blood – to get a unique ‘snapshot’ of what is happening in your heart. This could predict your individual heart attack risk and enable your doctor to tailor personalised treatment strategies particularly for you.  

Wouldn’t this be amazing? A personalised assessment of your heart attack risk and an individual treatment strategy tailored to you as an individual. This would be life changing for people like Fiona and her family. 

Please donate today, to help us find ways to predict heart attack risk and thereby save countless lives.  

As you may know, our first-stage research does not attract government funding so we rely on the generosity of wonderful people like you to ensure our researchers can continue their vital work. 

Can you help us keep families together for longer?