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Up to 50,000 Australians right now would benefit from a heart transplant, and although over 400 hearts are made available for transplant each year only around 100 heart transplants are able to be carried out due to a range of factors that affect the donor heart after death. There is a desperate need for more hearts to be able to be transplanted for the thousands of patients in need every year.
Each year thousands of Australians will need a live-saving heart transplant. But in 2015, in Australia, while there were 281 generously donated hearts potentially available for transplant shockingly only 95 of those were able to be transplanted to patients in need. Due to poor cardiac function, thirty per cent of donor hearts are not transplanted and there is an extremely high 30 day mortality rate for those transplanted. We need to improve the odds for patients.
The introduction of a revolutionary treatment like this for people suffering heart failure in remote areas and developing countries could save the lives of hundreds and thousands of patients each year.
In this innovative study, getting patients to ride a bike while inside the MRI machine, Dr Strugnell hopes to highlight and identify a range of heart diseases that rear their ugly heads only when a patient is active.
Peter Molenaar seeks to identify better use of medicines for the prevention of sudden, unexpected death in patients with heart failure by using the heart itself – sourcing small pieces of heart tissue from hearts with heart failure, from patients undergoing heart transplantation
With this revolutionary device, patient recovery time is expected to be greatly decreased and their post-surgery quality of life will significantly improve – patients will be able to get back to their lives faster while they wait for their new heart.
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