Miranda with her son

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 and her son Harry

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

Miranda is concerned that she might catch coronavirus and die, leaving behind a life she’s fought hard for and her son, 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 knows 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.

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. Discovering how and why COVID-19 affects the health of people with pre-existing heart conditions.

2. Investigating the potential side effects of medications being trialled to treat COVID-19. Some medications which are being tested on COVID-19 patients can cause serious heart rhythm disturbances.

3. Collaborating with a number of hospitals around Australia to identify whether a stem cell treatment can combat COVID-19 in critically ill patients. Doctors have already used these stem cells to successfully treat other illnesses in the past.

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?

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.

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.