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Predicting Heart Disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People



This study was a follow up of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes for a cohort of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory (NT) who participated in a health screening program 'Heart Health' in 1995. It aimed to identify which clinical measures best predict the risk of heart attack and stroke in Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. In particular the study aimed to identify early markers of cardiovascular risk that may be useful in clinical screening programs, with the aim of reassessing and amending current clinical guidelines.

Aboriginal health services in three central Australian communities participated in the baseline surveys and the follow up study.

The study was conducted by the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Lowitja Institute.

Abstract adapted from the Lowitja Institute and the University of Melbourne


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Last updated: 13 March 2018
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