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New beat for heart health care

12 January 2018

An innovative new research project coordinated from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital could radically change the way patients undergoing elective coronary stenting are treated across South Australia.

A recently awarded National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership grant aims to identify the clinical factors that are responsible for ongoing chest pain after elective stenting.

Study Chief Investigator and Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Director of Research Professor John Beltrame said the partnership between researchers and SA Health will look at ways to improve outcomes for patients while reducing unnecessary surgery. 

“Coronary stenting is a lifesaving procedure after an acute heart attack but when performed as an elective procedure in patients with chronic chest pain its benefits are less clear,” he said.

“Despite this, more than 10,000 Australians undergo elective coronary stenting every year at a cost of $183 million.

“Furthermore, the main indication for the procedure is to reduce chest pain yet more than 40 per cent of patients continue to experience pain after elective stenting,” Professor Beltrame said.

This research will assist cardiologists in selecting patients who are more likely to benefit from the procedure as well as discovering possible treatments for those who continue to experience chest pain.

The grant, valued at $2.5 million, will be a statewide research partnership involving both public and private cardiac hospitals.

SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said that collaboration will be a key strength of this research.

“There are a number of partners involved, which reflects our desire to improve patient care and outcomes across both public and private health care settings,” he said.

Alongside CALHN, the funding partners for this grant include The Hospital Research Foundation, SA Health, Calvary Wakefield Hospital, the National Heart Foundation, Quantum Health Outcomes and the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement.

“We anticipate that the study will not only result in improved health care delivery with reduced costs to the community but more importantly, better patient outcomes,” said Professor Phillips.

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