& Your Heart

Cardiovascular disease & coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis unfolds, the world is turning to health and medical researchers for answers. Find out more about coronavirus and how it impacts the heart.

We hope these resources provide you with useful information in these uncertain times.
Please look after yourselves, 
From the team at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute 

COVID-19 Vaccines and Heart Disease

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is well underway in Australia, but what does that mean for people with heart disease? If you have a heart condition, should you be worried about side effects? Professor Bob Graham answers all the frequently asked questions about the vaccination and your heart.

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Are COVID-19 Vaccines Suitable for Heart Disease Patients

Understanding COVID-19: The Basics

Professor Bob Graham has teamed up with Dr Geoff Symonds, to break down some key questions to help you understand how viruses like COVID-19 work, how they impact our bodies, and how they can be treated.


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COVID-19 Progress Report

In a letter from our Executive Director, Professor Jason Kovacic, he shares with the community the latest developments on the COVID-19 research, and what has been learnt in the last few months.


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Coronavirus in pictures

Watch this video which captures the historic moments in the fight against COVID-19 at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. It documents the critical work of scientists and how laboratories have adapted to ensure research continues, breakthroughs happen and lives are saved. 


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COVID-19 research at the Institute

Three new coronavirus related research projects are underway at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Our scientists are trying to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the heart, the effect of certain drugs being used to treat the virus and the potential power of stem cells in treating patients.

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Do you have questions about the Coronavirus?

We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions so you can get your knowledge from the experts. Our panel of professors include world renowned cardiologists Bob Graham, Jason Kovacic and Diane Fatkin who have more than 70 years of experience treating patients between them. 

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June Update - What you need to know about coronavirus

Professor Bob Graham provides an update on Australia's current situation and the latest research in the fight against COVID-19. The video discusses Flattening the curve, COVID's impact on the lungs and blood, Surface spread of disease, and Coronavirus vaccines.

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How does coronavirus affect children?

In this video Professor Bob Graham and Professor Sally Dunwoodie answers your questions about COVID-19 and how it affects children, particularly those with congenital heart disease (CHD).  The researchers also look at link between coronavirus and Kawasaki Disease, pregnancy and best care practices. 

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How does coronavirus affect the heart?

In this video Professor Bob Graham from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute answers your questions about COVID-19 and its impact on the heart.  Questions include; What is the doctor's advice for people with a severe heart condition? How far away is a COVID-19 vaccine? 

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Coronavirus & Heart Disease - Expert Warning

Latest update answering FAQs on coronavirus

Professor Jason Kovacic, who has recently returned from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, shares his first hand experience dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on his patients who have cardiovascular disease.

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Decline in cardiac patients seeking help

Alarming statistics show that cardiac patients are afraid to go to the hospital or visit the doctor in case they catch COVID-19. Even heart attack sufferers are ignoring symptoms until the illness is very advanced, putting their own lives in danger.  In this video our expert Cardiologists outline the risks of delayed medical treatment, and address some FAQs about visiting health care services during the coronavirus pandemic.  

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Scientific analysis of coronavirus

World renowned cardiologist, Professor Bob Graham, addresses some scientific questions about coronavirus (COVID-19). Questions include; Are the mortality rates higher than initially expected? What research is being conducted to try and combat coronavirus? 

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Coronavirus, heart disease & the research Video Interview

Coronavirus in Western Australia

This video features Professor Livia Hool from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute who has been based in Western Australia for two decades conducting cardiovascular disease research. Here she answers your questions about COVID-19 and how it is impacting the vast state of Western Australia.

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