Donate to help prevent cardiac arrests killing loved ones - and their children

A new electrical test could detect genetic causes of sudden cardiac arrest, protecting those at risk

Victoria (pictured) was only 29 years old when she suffered a cardiac arrest. Six weeks before her wedding, and her baby girl’s 1st birthday, Victoria is lucky she survived when so many don’t.

How does the electrical test work and how will it help prevent a cardiac arrest?

Professor Jamie Vandenberg and his team have developed a new electrical test that can accurately assess genetic variants faster than ever before.

By pinpointing genetic variants that are damaging, even life-threatening to the heart, patients can be diagnosed early and receive rapid treatment.

Sudden cardiac arrest is deadly in 90% of cases. This test will allow us to take enormous steps towards significantly reducing the number of lives lost around the world.

How your donation will help

Professor Vandenberg and his team are focusing on an inherited heart condition called long QT syndrome (type 2). There are more than 22,000 genetic variants associated with this heart condition alone! That’s an enormous amount of data for scientists to sift through when lives are at stake.

Your donation will help us continue to quickly identify dangerous genetic variants that can cause sudden death and upload those findings to a genetic database, accessible to clinicians across Australia, and the world.

If you can, please give generously and help us accelerate innovative electrical testing to prevent cardiac arrest from killing loved ones - and protect their children who might also be at risk.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.