A baby connected to ventilator right after open heart surgery

Real Life Stories of Heart Disease

The Stories and Faces behind Heart Disease

Be inspired by these true stories from patients who are battling everyday with heart conditions, those who have survived heart attacks and cardiac arrests, and those whom we've lost due to heart disease.
Learn how heart disease have affected these Australians and their families.

Johanna
arrhythmia

Jess
long QT

Karen Grega, atrial fibrillation patient

Karen
atrial fibrillation

Pamela Mc Kenzie with her dog

Pamela
SCAD heart attack

Michelle
heart failure

Kade, heart attack

Kade
heart attack

Ursula SCAD patient

Ursula
SCAD heart attack

Brian Willett - SCAD patient

Brian
SCAD heart attack

Lisa Sinopoli - congenital heart disease patient

Lisa
congenital heart disease

Barry moss - SCAD Patient

Barry
SCAD heart attack

Lisa
congenital heart disease

Paul
sudden cardiac arrest

Melissa
sudden cardiac arrest

Karena
fibromuscular dysplasia

Lana and Annette
SCAD heart attacks

Gary Strother atherosclerosis patient

Gary's Story
heart attack

Marie Domingo Post Partum Cardiomyopathy Patient

Marie's Story
postpartum cardiomyopathy

Peter's Story
cardiac arrest

Wayne's Story
cardiac arrest

Ben Beale family

Ben's Story
atherosclerosis

Sarah with her husband Mike Penn

Sarah's Story
SCAD

Baby Phi smiling

Phi's Story

congenital heart disease

Syed in the hospital after suffering sudden cardiac arrest

Syed's Story

sudden cardiac arrests

Heather Turland SCAD patient

Heather's Story
SCAD heart attack

Ross Tripodi in the hospital

Ross's Story
heart failure & heart transplant

Trudi Musgrave Edwards with her son

Trudi's Story
SCAD & FMD

Warren Williams in hospital

Warren's Story
atrial fibrillation

Victoria Mc Gee selfie

Victoria's Story
heart failure

Victoria Stanham Macarthur in hospital

Victoria's Story
long QT syndrome

SCAD patient Sam Allan with family

Sam's Story
SCAD heart attack

Margaret Kilby

Margaret's Story
familial hypercholesterolemia

SCAD patient  Chris Shaw

Chris' Story
fibromuscular dysplasia

Baby Ollie laughing

Ollie's Story
congenital heart disease

Jesse Amato in hospital afer suffering from sudden cardiac arrest

Jesse's Story
sudden cardiac arrest

Jayden dilated cardiomyopathy patient

Jadyen's Story
cardiomyopathy

Nate, cardiomyopathy patient in hospital

Nikki's Story
cardiomyopathy

Kellie And Ollie in hospital

Kellie's Story
congenital heart disease

Charlotte born with heart defect

Charlotte's Story
congenital heart disease

Kristen in hospital

Kristen's Story
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Connor on Field

Connor's Story
sudden heart attack

Emma & Jeff - Wedding

Jeff's Story
heart attack

Baby Ryder congenital heart disease patient

Ryder's Story
congenital heart disease

Mel - cardiomyopathy patient

Melissa's Story
familial dilated cardiomyopathy and heart transplant

Kiran with his wife

Kiran's Story
heart attack

Leo congenital heart disease patient

Leo's Story
congenital heart disease

Ayden and Nate hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients

Ayden & Nate's story
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Chris atherosclerosis

Chris' Story
atherosclerosis

Toddler Charlie congenital heart disease patient

Charlie's Story
congenital heart disease

William dilated cardiomyopathy patient

William's Story
dilated cardiomyopathy

Cute baby Xander wrapped up in hospital

Xander's Story
congenital heart disease

Liza with her husband

Liza's Story
SCAD

Patrick's open heart surgery scar

Patrick's Story
congenital heart disease

Baby Mickey congenital heart disease

Mikey's Story
congenital heart disease

Miranda cardiomyopathy patient

Miranda's Story
cardiomyopathy

Sophie congenital heart disease patient

Sophie's Story
congenital heart disease

Jamie Long QT patient

Jamie's Story
Long QT

Chloe congenital heart disease patient

Chloe's Story
congenital heart disease

Fred walking his daughter Nicole down the aisle

Fred's Story
heart disease

Scott and family

Scott's Story
atherosclerosis

Breagha dilated cardiomyopathy patient

Breagha's Story
dilated cardiomyopathy

Chloe - a heart disease patient

Chloe's Story
cardiomyopathy

SCAD patient Sandy with her two kids

Sandy's Story
SCAD

Lara congenital heart disease

Lara's Story
congenital heart disease

Joel hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patient

Joel's Story
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Memphis congenital heart disease patient

Memphis' Story
congenital heart disease

Deanne - a photo of his first admission following his first of 8 heart attacks

Deanne's Story
heart disease

Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute - The Home of Heart Research for 30 Years