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Heart Week 2014

  • 14 March 2014

    A recent Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) article showed that introducing an integrated cardiac support network in South Australia reduced the 30-day mortality in myocardial infarction (MI) (heart attack) patients presenting to rural centres.

    The integrated cardiac support network provides standardised risk stratification and evidence-based protocols, as well as point-of-care testing for biochemical markers of MI and also a designated on-call consultant cardiologist (with redundancy to ensure response within 10 minutes) with electrocardiogram interpretation and facilitation of transfer to metropolitan hospitals by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

    In line with the recommendations of the Western Australian (WA) Acute Coronary Syndromes Model of Care, the Cardiovascular Health Network and the WA Country Health Service have developed pathways to provide expert risk stratification and evidence based protocols to country practitioners.

    The emergency telehealth service (ETS) plans to trial the pathways. The ETS is a specialist-led telemedicine service delivering emergency medicine to 32 sites across the Wheatbelt, Midwest, Goldfields, Kimberley and Great Southern districts of WA.

    Closing the loop with on-call cardiology advice and an efficient and effective transfer service are the next steps in providing timely diagnosis, treatment and access to transfers for rural and remote cardiac patients in WA.


    To read more click here.

  • 12 March 2014

    Heart attack victims may soon have access to drugs with no side effects following new findings by scientists at Monash University. The discovery may have wide-reaching implications for the pharmaceutical industry, with researchers hopeful the same technique may be used to treat many other conditions. To read the full story click here.

  • 10 March 2014

    WA Healthy town planning online guide now available to help town planners create communities that facilitate more physical activity. To read more click here.

  • 7 March 2014

    New data from the Australian Heart Foundation shows the weight of the average Australian adult has increased by more than five and half kilograms (kgs) over the past 25 years.

    The foundation says the average weight of an Australia man is now 85.9kg, up 6.5kg, while the average woman is 5.7kg heavier at 71.1kg.

    It has used the figures to warn of a rapid spike in diabetes, heart disease and cancer, unless growing rates of obesity are brought under control. Click here to read more.