Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia and around the world. Globally it accounts for more than 17 million deaths a year and this figure is on the rise. We are developing new strategies for predicting, preventing and treating the disease.
Our studies are focused on generating strong evidence to drive real change in practice and policy, such as the reducing the incidence of recurrent stroke or heart attack among cardiac patients. One example is the TEXTMEDS study which is investigating the effectiveness of sending automated mobile telephone text messages to people with cardiovascular disease. The intervention aims to improve adherence to medication, lifestyle and behavioural changes.
By initiating changes in clinical practice and government policy, we hope to redress the growing impact of these killer diseases.