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People of all ages and both sexes can have congestive heart failure

April 13, 2016

There are currently up to 32,000 adult survivors in Australia who were born with CHD, with their offspring having a much greater risk of developing heart disease at birth.  The number of adult survivors of childhood heart disease is increasing steadily at a rate of 5 per cent per year.

???The need for greater knowledge into what causes, and ideally what can treat and cure childhood heart disease, has never been greater,??? concluded Associate Professor Dunwoodie.

To view a video of Associate Professor Sally Dunwoodie talking about the research, click on the following link:  youtube/watch?v=p6vdn-YrPno

[i] Childhood Heart Disease: heartkids.au/index.php/state/statistics/8/.  Statistics derived from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the American Heart Association.

About the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Established in 1994, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) is committed to excellence into heart disease and cardiovascular biology research, cardiovascular research training and facilitating the rapid application of research discoveries to patient care.  In Australia alone, heart muscle diseases - the cause of heart failure - are responsible for the death of over 130,000 people annually with 400 new cases being added each week.

For more information visit www.victorchang.au