Associate Professor Andre La Gerche

Institute: Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Category: Clinical
Current Project

Early detection of heart injury with novel exercise imaging

Patients do not present complaining of ‘heart failure’. Rather, they present with symptoms of exercise intolerance, fatigue or breathlessness. A patient-centric approach to diagnostics involving a comprehensive assessment of the entire oxygen utilisation pathway is needed to address patients' symptoms. 

The central hypothesis underlying this research plan is that the quantification of cardiac reserve…

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Current Project

Breathlessness in systemic sclerosis - quantifying the contribution of cardiac fibrosis

Systemic sclerosis (often called scleroderma) is an autoimmune condition that causes fibrosis of the skin and internal organs.  Fibrosis (or scarring) of the heart muscle is an end-product of many conditions associated with heart muscle dysfunction and is associated with progressive heart failure, breathlessness, fatigue and markedly reduced survival. Given that…

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