Ipswich Hospital Leads Way in Heart Disease Prevention; Cutting Edge Heart Trial a Big Step Forward for Health

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Ipswich Hospital Leads Way in Heart Disease Prevention; Cutting Edge Heart Trial a Big Step Forward for Health


JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

THEY say prevention is better than cure.

And Ipswich Hospital is certainly leading the way in coronary heart disease prevention after launching a vital new innovative trial yesterday.

The new trial is known as CAUGHT-CAD which, utilising a CT scan, provides a coronary artery score which is used to guide management of hereditary coronary artery disease. Holland Park's Ros Roche was the first patient to undergo a research scan at Ipswich Hospital yesterday.

Ipswich Hospital cardiologist Johanne Neill outlined the significance of the trial.

"We know that family history is an important risk factor in the development of coronary artery disease," she said.

"We know a lot of people with a family history are not eligible for statins therapy to lower cholesterol using current guidelines."

Statins are tablets used to reduce cholesterol and stabilise coronary plaque.

"So what we are trying to do is identify people at a pre-symptomatic stage to see whether or not they would benefit from statins therapy," Dr Neill said.

"We are using our state-of-the-art CT scan to look at whether they do have coronary artery disease."

The scanner is one of the best on the market and Dr Neill said Ipswich was uniquely placed to conduct the valuable study.

"We have a lot of support for research and we have state-of-the-art equipment and all the skills and personnel we need to really put Ipswich on the map in research circles," she said.

"This is a momentous day where we are doing a research scan (on a patient) on our CT scanner."

Ms Roche said her own family history moved her to volunteer to take part.

"I work at the University of Queensland and in our newsletter I saw a listing asking if you wanted to take part in various research projects, and I saw one for this," she said.

"Mt father had angina in his 50s and open heart surgery when he was 63, and then lived to be 90. This study was looking for people in reasonably good health and with no heart incidents now, but who had a family history. …

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