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New Light on Heart Failure in Obesity

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Obese people with heart failure are less able to produce a naturally occurring heart-protecting hormone, due to a change in protein processing according to new research from the Christchurch Heart Institute (CHI), a University of Otago Research Centre.

Not doomed by genetics

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Monday, 11 November 2019

It is well-known that heart disease runs in families. The good news is our genetic inheritance does not mean we are doomed, even if we have already experienced a heart attack.

Detective Work

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Research Fellow Dr Moritz Lassé, has been awarded a Heart Foundation small project grant ($14,050) to help detect kidney damage occurring during worsening heart failure.

Safer medication

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Sunday, 6 October 2019

Kiwi researchers are trying to find out how long to give blood-thinning treatments to heart attack survivors.

With gratitude

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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Our sincere gratitude goes to the Hugo Trust for the generous and kind donation of NZD$5,000 which was received earlier this year.

Inspired Health

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

When Meg Christie saw an advertisement in the CDHB’s CEO Update newsletter asking for healthy volunteers for a study called INSPIRE, she jumped at the chance to take part.

Ground-breaking human heart tissue study

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Research predicting the impact on heart muscle during a heart attack is being unravelled in the field of genetics, in a ground-breaking study, using human heart tissue.

Not doomed by genetics

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

It is well-known that heart disease runs in families.  The good news is our genetic inheritance does not mean we are doomed, even if we have already experienced a heart attack.

Dr Amjad Hambi, Rest in Peace

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Friday, 15 March 2019

The loss of our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr Amjad Hamid, in the Al Noor Mosque attack has been hard for the CHI team to face. Amjad will always have a special place in our hearts. We extend our deepest sympathy and love to his wife and family.

New blood test may help rule out heart attack within 15 minutes

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

A preliminary study of a new, quick and accurate, bedside blood test performed in Emergency Departments (ED) could help reduce the time it takes to rule out heart attacks. The study findings have been published this morning in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Cardiology).

Talking our socks off!

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

It’s winter, why would we want to talk our socks off? Well, not literally of course – but the CHI team, in collaboration with the Heart Foundation, are running free public talks in Christchurch, from June to September.

Diabetes – a pressure cooker

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

The close relationship of diabetes and heart disease has not gone unnoticed by the Christchurch Heart Institute team.

Medical research has its benefits

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Taking part in research studies at the Christchurch Heart Institute, is an opportunity to receive on going and beneficial medical care that could be life-saving, say Research Nurses Stephanie Rose and Carol Groves.

Works of heart

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

On a shelf in Professor Vicky Cameron’s office is something that looks like a piece of art, housed in a glass cylinder to protect it. The heart, striking in its intricate detail, is in fact made of coloured resin.

New Zealand-led heart failure findings debunk world medical view

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Thousands of New Zealanders can look forward to improvements in treatment and care of heart failure following new research findings that look set to alter the clinical approach and health care planning for heart failure globally.

Christchurch Heart Institute team in City2Surf

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Christchurch City2Surf 2017 event is on this Sunday (March 19) and the Christchurch Heart Institute team is gearing up to take part.

Participation in the event is one of a number of initiatives that are underway in an effort to increase the CHI’s profile in Christchurch.

Research and Clinical Nurses support new strategy for discharge management of heart failure

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Professor Richard Troughton, a Consultant Cardiologist and Researcher with the Christchurch Heart Institute, a University of Otago Research Centre based at Christchurch Hospital, is behind a plan that looks at reducing the likelihood of people with heart failure needing readmission to hospital for further heart failure events. Research and Clinical nurses are working collaboratively to bring this about.

New Deputy Dean for Christchurch campus

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Professor Vicky Cameron is a firm believer in scientists’ responsibility to share findings with the community - particularly their research participants. This is one of the reasons Professor Cameron is excited about becoming the Deputy Dean of the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus.