Did you know that every 12 minutes, an Australian loses their life to heart disease?
Thanks to caring people like you, we can fund crucial research into the prevention, early detection and improved therapies for heart disease. But we can't do this alone. Without your support, the future for those at risk of heart disease remains uncertain.
Dr Mergen Ghayesh is a mechanical engineer from the University of Adelaide, who has teamed up with cardiologist Associate Professor Peter Psaltis from the Central Adelaide Local Health Network and SAHMRI and other collaborators.
Together the team is working on an exciting new project to develop more targeted, personalised approaches to better predict plaque growth and hence secondary heart attacks, which will potentially be lifesaving for people like Maria.
The team hopes that understanding plaque growth can prevent and predict secondary heart attacks, saving lives.
“Understanding plaque growth enables clinicians to manage the progression of coronary artery disease, facilitating timely interventions and tailoring treatment strategies,” says Dr Ghayesh.
Your support can make this groundbreaking research a reality.
One in five patients who have had a heart attack will be readmitted to hospital for a secondary heart attack within five years of their first.
Research is crucial to our mission to find new ways to prevent, treat and beat heart disease, but we need kind-hearted people like you in our corner.
Maria’s story is a reminder that heart disease can strike anyone, anytime. “You never think it’s going to happen to you,” says Maria. “Even if you are 60 or 70, you are still entitled to life and the skill of these wonderfully gifted researchers.”
Will you join the fight against heart disease this Christmas?