Heart disease patients in danger from coronavirus

Heart disease patients in danger from COVID-19

If you have serious heart disease, you are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19. That’s why research into heart disease and COVID-19 matters. And it’s why Miranda is terrified.

Miranda, heart disease and COVID-19

Miranda, her son | Heart Disease & Coronavirus

Miranda, now 37, had a heart transplant four and a half years ago because of cardiomyopathy.

Miranda is terrified that she might catch coronavirus and die, leaving behind a life she’s fought hard for and her still little boy, five year old Harry, who needs his mum.

Because Miranda has had a heart transplant, she has to take medications that suppress her immune system.

“Most worrying for me is catching the virus and my body not having the immune system to fight it. I’m afraid it would take my life”.

Because she is vulnerable, Miranda and her little boy are forcing themselves to stay in isolation until a coronavirus vaccine or an effective treatment is found.

Until then, Miranda lives in fear. Research is her only hope.

The answers to coronavirus lie in research

Medical research is the only way we can discover new treatments for diseases like COVID-19.

We’d all love to see an effective vaccine. But the unfortunate reality is that a vaccine could be many months away.

That’s why scientists at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute are researching the impacts of COVID-19 on heart health. Here are some projects we’re currently focusing on:

  1. How COVID-19 affects the health of people with heart disease? Our team of scientists are looking at how those with pre-existing heart conditions may be impacted if they contract COVID-19.
  2. The potential side effects of medication that is currently being tested on COVID-19 patients. (For example, some medications being trialed, like malaria and immunosuppressing drug, hydroxychloroquine, can cause serious heart rhythm disturbances, so it’s critical that their use is monitored very carefully.
  3. We are also collaborating with a number of hospitals around Australia to identify whether a stem cell treatment already known to work against other illnesses can combat COVID-19 in critically ill patients.

Will you be part of this? Without your support, this vital research may not reach those who need it.

How you can help in the fight against COVID-19

Your donation today will help us learn more about the coronavirus, its impact on the heart, and how to save lives through better treatments.

Will you help fund this and other critical research to tackle COVID-19 and other cardiovascular disorders?

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Although it looks like Australians have managed to get coronavirus infections under control, the risk of a second wave remains high.

That’s why any support you give will help.

Remember: If you have a heart condition you are not more at risk of contracting COVID-19, but you are at greater risk of suffering complications and death if you do contract the disease. Please help us learn more about the coronavirus, its impact on the heart, and how to save lives through better treatments.