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Heart of the Heart



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 element of the program aimed to determine the prevalence of heart failure in a representative sample of Aboriginal adults. In addition, all people identified with disease were be offered outreach, community-based education and care from advanced cardiac nurses over the course of two years.

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.

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.

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Related publications

McGrady M, Krum H, Carrington MJ, Stewart S, Zeitz C, Lee GA, Marwick TH, Haluska BA, Brown A (2012)

Heart failure, ventricular dysfunction and risk factor prevalence in Australian Aboriginal peoples: the Heart of the Heart Study.

Heart; 98(21): 1562-1567


Last updated: 13 June 2016
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