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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Heart of the heart

 

Overview

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

Update to study

The first part of this multi-project 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 highlight the importance of screening strategies and resource allocation to prevent heart failure for high risk Aboriginal populations.

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Contacts

Baker IDI
PO Box 6492
St Kilda Road Central Vic 8008
75 Commercial Road
Melbourne Vic 3004
Ph: (03) 8532 1111
Fax: (03) 8532 1100
Email: reception@bakeridi.edu.au

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

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Last updated: 13 September 2013
 
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