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Improving outcomes for Australians with chronic cardiovascular disease: focusing on peripheral arterial disease

Associate Professor Sally Inglis, Institution: University of Technology Sydney

2011 NSW CVRN Life Sciences Fellowships

Years funded: 2013-2020


Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when plaque builds up and narrows arteries. It impairs physical function, reduces the patient’s quality of life and significantly increases their risk of death. Importantly, PAD is responsible for high levels of hospital service usage, accounting for the high rates of heart attack and stroke in people with PAD.

Tailored and targeted disease management programs are critical to improve the cardiovascular health of Australians. Dr Sally Inglis will examine the characteristics, impact and evidence-based management of PAD, focusing on the population of NSW.

Findings from this research will have implications for health service provision in NSW and will feed into a greater understanding of the disease nationwide. It will also contribute to the provision of up-to-date evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions to improve self-management by people with PAD, and telemonitoring in chronic heart failure – research that will inform clinical guidelines.

This project is co-funded with NSW Office of Medical Research.

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