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Fit and apparently healthy, Chris Hewgill only just survived a cardiac arrest caused by atherosclerosis while out surfing. Most people are not so lucky.

Atherosclerosis is Australia’s single biggest killer. It can strike without warning. Your gift can help diagnose it before it kills.

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is embarking on bold new research to understand one of the most common causes of disease in our society – a process called atherosclerosis that causes heart attack, stroke and other diseases.  

Understanding atherosclerosis to develop new treatments

In a major research initiative, the Victor Cardiac Research Institute recently opened two new laboratories that focus specifically on understanding what causes atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is a build-up of fatty deposits, cholesterol and plaque on the inside of the arteries and blood vessels of the body. We have known for many years that atherosclerosis is caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, poor diet, being overweight and lack of exercise. However, at the same time we have become increasingly aware that genetics also play a major role in this disease. Led by Professor Jason Kovacic and Dr Renjing Liu, we are now working to understand the combined effects of both genetics and lifestyle factors. By better understanding how genetics and lifestyle interact to cause atherosclerosis, it will put us one step closer to developing lifesaving new therapies for heart attack, stroke and other vascular diseases. 

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is making meaningful progress in understanding what causes heart attacks and strokes. In order to continue this important research and improve cardiovascular disease treatment, please consider making an impactful philanthropic gift. Together, we can shape the future of cardiovascular care and the management of these diseases.

Please donate today. Your gift can help fund medical research that could save lives.