Exercise imaging to characterise cardiac dysfunction

Years funded:
2015 - 2019

Heart failure describes the syndrome of breathlessness and fatigue associated with heart muscle weakness. It is associated with reduced quality of life and reduced survival. Identification of heart failure in its earliest stages allows clinicians to begin measures to prevent patients from developing symptoms. This project uses novel ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques performed during exercise. This makes it possible to measure 'cardiac reserve' and identify weaknesses when the heart and vascular system are under stress. These techniques will be used to measure cardiac reserve in a range of settings in which patients are at increased risk of heart failure, including diabetes and cancer chemotherapy treatment.

Researcher Profile

Associate Professor Andre La Gerche

Institute: Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
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