Lead Researchers: Prof Geoff Tofler, A/Prof Tom Buckley Increasing evidence shows that heart attacks in some instances can be triggered by external factors such as heavy physical exertion, acute emotional stress, heavy meals, and respiratory infection. For instance, Professor Tofler’s group published their findings that respiratory infection acutely increases the relative risk of heart attack
Lead Researchers: Prof Helge Rasmussen, Dr Chia-Chi Liu Heart muscle damage and heart failure is a serious side effect of cancer treatments, and it is not uncommon that the life expectancy of cancer patients is limited due to heart disease induced by the cancer treatment, rather than by the cancer itself. While very effective against
Lead Researcher: Dr Anthony Ashton Most pregnancies end with the birth of a healthy baby to a healthy mother; however, some pregnancies end in unforeseen and currently untreatable complications. Unfortunately, the signs that something is wrong in these pregnancies appear to be “normal” for most women at the end of pregnancy. Headaches, swelling and difficulty
Lead Researchers: Prof Gemma Figtree, Dr Kristen Bubb Professor Figtree’s team have established a large cohort study of patients who are at risk, or suffering from coronary artery disease. Patients volunteer, and consent to contribute a blood sample and their de-identified data to the study, allowing the team to study new mechanisms of coronary artery
A recent collaborative study led by Heart Research Australia’s Professor Gemma Figtree,, has found that there is an increasing proportion of heart attack patients without any standard risk factors, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure or smoking.
Our researchers are currently working on a project that has the incredible potential to make some cancer treatments more effective, and also reduce or eliminate the risk of heart failure as a result of the cancer treatment. This research could potentially help thousands of cancer and cardiac patients. Find out more about this exciting research
The risk of having a heart attack is 17 times higher in the seven days following a respiratory infection, University of Sydney research has found. Published recently in Internal Medicine Journal, this is the first study to report an association between respiratory infections such as pneumonia, influenza and bronchitis and increased risk of heart attack
A beautiful heart healthy citrus salmon and quinoa salad recipe the whole family will enjoy.
This video series offers valuable information about the different heart procedures and also give a personal insight into life after a heart event.
Dr Kristen Bubb’s loss of a loved one due to heart disease inspired her to follow a career in heart research.