A Life Saved Thanks To Vital Heart Research
Life as you know it, can change in a heartbeat.
Life as you know it, can change in a heartbeat.
Sometimes it’s for the better. Sometimes it’s not.
You may know someone like Barry Prater.
It was six years ago when his life changed. Sadly, it wasn’t for the better.
He was a healthy, active 68-year-old family man who enjoyed scuba diving, playing hockey and spending time with his loving wife, four children and three grandchildren.
At the gym in April 2012, Barry was suddenly overcome with Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
You may have heard of this chronic condition affecting the heart making it beat faster and out of rhythm.
When you make a tax-deductible gift today, you’ll ensure research into AF can help more people like Barry. Will you please show your support?
Imagine drums pounding and thunder rumbling on your chest.
Shortness of breath and chest pain.
I know you wouldn’t want to experience this for your yourself or your loved ones.
“When I was informed I had AF, I had no idea what it was. I felt terribly disappointed because I had always looked after myself,” said Barry.
Sadly, AF affects over 400,000 Australians and is on the rise.
You too may have experienced AF or know someone who has.
If so, you’ll know it’s a debilitating condition.
“AF has impacted my life greatly. I was forced to retire from a career I dearly loved which was very hard to accept. I had to postpone my plans of travelling overseas and I was worried that AF would kill me.”
Did you know an average person’s heart rate sits between 60-100 beats per minute (bpm)?
With AF, Barry’s heart rate was bouncing off 289 bpm, leaving him in a critical state.
He was in and out of hospital countless times for this condition he didn’t know much about.
Unfortunately, in Australia, there is little awareness of this debilitating condition.
Your gift will help progress much needed research ensuring none of our loved ones have to experience AF. Will you please donate today?
Barry was forced to live a limiting life where he wasn’t free to do what he loved.
“My family struggled to understand what was happening often thinking that I was overreacting in certain situations where I had to call an ambulance. That added a lot of stress and I felt like I was a burden to them.”
The reality is, there are more people like Barry, maybe even someone you know who lives a restricted life because of AF.
During his journey, Barry also experienced a mini stroke or TIA (A transient ischaemic attack).
This is because AF is a risk factor for stroke- which is one of the biggest killers in Australia.
In fact, people with AF are five times more likely to have a stroke compared to those who don’t have the condition.
Professor Prashanthan (Prash) Sanders, a clinician-scientist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and University of Adelaide and his team are dedicated to beating AF for your loved ones!
With your help, they’re working on managing risk factors to treat AF such as hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnoea, physical inactivity, diabetes and obesity.
“By treating risk factors, you can actually get rid of this condition,” Prof Sanders explained.
Thanks to supporters like you, Prof Sanders and his team recently secured a Translational Grant from our charitable affiliate, The Hospital Research Foundation, to develop and implement a specialised multi-disciplinary clinic at the RAH with an integrated care approach for managing AF.
Now, there is more to be done.
“Our work has changed the three pillars of AF care to four: Stroke prevention, heart rate control, rhythm control and now risk-factor treatment.”
Prof Sanders’ and his collaborative research team are working on research projects that target these unique areas of AF care.
This means we can end the suffering from this awful condition.
“More funding for projects such as these will enable us to take these trials to a larger scale, which means our findings will be able to implemented into patient care sooner and save more lives,” said Melissa Middledorp, a PhD student part of the research team.
The progress of AF research like this will ensure better outcomes for our loved ones!
With your support, this clinic involves the unique collaboration between specialists of Prof Sanders team, while maintaining a patient-centred approach to treatment.
But they can’t continue these vital research projects without you!
“We believe our clinic, enabled by this new grant, will reduce hospitalisation and mortality in patients with AF,” Prof Sanders said.
Will you please donate before June 30 to ensure Prof Sanders and his team can continue making inroads treating AF for us and for more people like Barry?
Barry had a successful surgical procedure in October 2016, and recently has started to get his active life back.
He is grateful to medical research and to you, our kind supporters who make work like this possible.
“This is a chronic condition and research is vital to develop strategies around prevention and effective treatments,” Barry said.
“AF is becoming a very common condition in today’s society. My older brother also suffers from AF.”
Thankfully, Barry is still alive today.
But others aren’t so lucky.
Think about the people like Barry you could help! Your generous support of AHR can help make this possible.
There is still so much to learn about this awful condition affecting people like Barry, maybe even your loved ones.
Which is why we’re so proud to be supporting vital research to beat AF for our loved ones and people in our community.
We hope that you’ll join us in beating heart conditions like these so we can all live a longer, healthier life with our families.
Thank you for your generosity!