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This multi-project study aimed to quantify the burden of heart disease in Aboriginal communities in Central Australia and to develop novel approaches to managing elevated risk and documented heart disease.
The first part of the study involved the assessment of heart failure, heart failure risk factors and the documentation of cardiac characteristics of adults in six Aboriginal communities in central Australia. In addition, all people identified with disease were to be offered outreach, community-based education and care from advanced cardiac nurses over the course of two years.
The results indicated that the burden of heart failure and associated risk factors were extremely high in the Aboriginal population assessed. The results highlighted the importance of screening strategies and resource allocation to prevent heart failure for high risk Aboriginal populations.
Abstact adapted from Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute - Central Australia
W & E Rubuntja Research & Medical Education Building
Alice Springs Hospital
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 1294
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 01111
Fax: (08) 8952 1557