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Reducing the risk of coronary artery disease in families

The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute are conducting a study on the prevention of Coronary Artery Disease in people who have a family history of this illness.

We are looking for participants who:

  • are between 40–70 years of age
  • have an immediate family member (e.g. parent, brother or sister) under the age of 60 or a non-immediate family member (grandparent, uncle or aunt) under the age of 50, who have had a heart attack, stent or surgery
  • are not currently taking a statin drug.

Contact us to see if you qualify for this important study of coronary scanning to reduce the risk of heart attack or other evidence of arterial disease.

This trial is no longer recruiting participants


What is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)?

CAD is the most common type of heart disease and occurs when the arteries that supply blood to heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This is due to the build-up of cholesterol and other material, called plaque, on their inner walls. This build-up is called atherosclerosis. As it grows, less blood can flow through the arteries. As a result, the heart muscle can't get the blood or oxygen it needs. This can lead to chest pain (angina) or a heart attack. Most heart attacks happen when a blood clot suddenly cuts off the hearts' blood supply, causing permanent heart damage.

Over time, CAD can also weaken the heart muscle and contribute to heart failure and arrhythmias. Heart failure means the heart can't pump blood well to the rest of the body. Arrhythmias are changes in the normal beating rhythm of the heart.

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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