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Development of Heart Failure in Older People

One of Australia’s largest medical research institutes, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, is currently undertaking a study called the “Victorian study of Echocardiographic detection of Left ventricular dysfunction” (Vic-ELF).

This study is targeting at-risk populations in Melbourne who have risk factors for developing heart failure.

The study will involve using new non-invasive imaging techniques that look at the function of the heart via echocardiography (also called an echo). An echo is an ultrasound test that uses soundwaves to create pictures of the heart’s chambers, valves, walls and blood vessels attached to the heart. Combined with other measures, this will help identify participants who are likely to develop heart failure.

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is looking for volunteers who are over the age of 65, and who are overweight, on blood pressure medication, and/or have type 2 diabetes to participate in this study.

For study details please email or contact Jo Harris on (03) 8532 1511.

What is heart failure? Heart failure involves damage to the heart muscle severe enough to prevent it functioning properly as a pump. When this is due to a heart attack, the heart failure can occur suddenly. However, heart failure is increasingly due to other processes that gradually cause damage to heart muscle, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, swelling in the legs or ankles, chronic fatigue, and a reduced ability to be physically active. 

For more information visit Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

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