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.

Peter's Story
cardiac arrest

Wayne's Story
cardiac arrest

Ben Beale family

Ben's Story

Sarah with her husband Mike Penn

Sarah's Story

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

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

Marie Domingo Post Partum Cardiomyopathy Patient

Marie's Story
postpartum cardiomyopathy

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

Nate, cardiomyopathy patient in hospital

Nikki's Story

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

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

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

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

Breagha dilated cardiomyopathy patient

Breagha's Story
dilated cardiomyopathy

Chloe - a heart disease patient

Chloe's Story

SCAD patient Sandy with her two kids

Sandy's Story

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 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 ongoing spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.