Put Mums first this Christmas

After all my years working on the fight against heart disease as both a cardiology researcher and a cardiologist, it’s astonishing to think that it is still the number one killer of women in Australia.

I’m asking you to open your heart and support the women suffering with this terrible disease. Yes, there are thousands of them, but I ask you to think of your daughter, your sister, your friend.

You have the opportunity to have a real impact on a life this Christmas with a donation today.

We have discovered that women who experienced a pregnancy complication have double the risk of developing heart disease before the age of 55. With over 40% of all expectant mothers developing complications, I’m sure you’ll find this as alarming as I did!

Would you agree that a 50% increased risk of life-threatening heart disease is an enormous price to pay for bringing a new baby into the family?

​​​​​​​It’s terrifying to think that because a new mum has suffered from gestational diabetes, high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, she now faces this additional risk. After already giving so much of herself.

There is research in action right now that is already saving the lives of a select group of lucky mothers, and you can help fast track this to help more of the mums you love with a donation today.

Through grants provided by Australian Heart Research, a hospital-based specialised outpatient clinic has been established.

The COFFEE* Clinic aims to reduce the burden of heart disease in mothers who have experienced pregnancy complications. Through regular appointments with an expert nurse practitioner, new mums are now receiving specialised care, education and referrals, which was not previously possible.

Currently running at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in the north of Adelaide, the clinic hopes to be able to expand to hospitals across Australia to help more mothers.

Expanding this critical service can only be made possible through additional funding into research and the establishment of further clinics. Would you consider contributing to help new mums living in Australia?

Clinical Research Assistant Emily Aldridge leads the program, and is passionate about educating mothers, improving their health and, ultimately, saving their lives.

“The COFFEE clinic will help mothers reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes down the track, and the additional specialised education they receive in the clinic will hopefully have flow-on effects, so that not only does the new mum become healthier, so does the rest of her family.”

Allow me to introduce you to Sarah.