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Heart Health
Heart Health

Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australians.

It kills one Australian every 12 minutes.

Also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD), heart disease includes heart attack, stroke and blood vessel diseases.

Our heart focus

Our heart health researchers tackle three main areas of heart disease:

  • diseases of blood vessels
  • diseases that lead to heart failure
  • electrical disorders of the heart 

From the lab to the patient

Heart Health research at SAHMRI spans from basic research - looking at the pathways involved in vascular disease and stroke - to clinical research, clinical trials and public health initiatives - influencing public policy to improve prevention of heart disease. A number of SAHMRI heart researchers are also clinicians; practisiing cardiologists who see patients in clinic every week. This brings a unique perspective to the research they do, and added determination to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease.

Clinical trials are excellent news for Australian patients

Lead by Heart Health theme leader Professor Steve Nicholls, SAHMRI researchers recently launched the Australian arm of a global clinical trial in an effort to assess if current guidelines for treatment of remotely-located heart attack patients should be changed. Patients who don't live in metropolitan areas often can't participate in clinical trials for geographic reasons. This trial has the potential to improve treatment for the 15,000 Australians who have a heart attack every year, who live in a regional or remote area of Australia.


You can't miss us

North Terrace
Adelaide 5000
South Australia

Postal address

PO Box 11060
Adelaide 5001
South Australia


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SAHMRI is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.

The SAHMRI community acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and the relationship of the Kaurna people to their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna peoples' ancestors and the living Kaurna people today.