Supporting kids’ healthy hearts

Childhood is a critical time for health and development, with implications for wellbeing in later life. Thanks to the power of philanthropy, a new suite of equipment has been purchased to prevent the onset of heart disease in infants and children.

Professor David Burgner from the Melbourne Children’s Campus (MCC) is leading this important research by assessing the health of blood vessels and arteries of patients at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

“Cardiovascular disease – heart attack and stroke – is caused by a process called atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries. It can develop silently through life, from early childhood onwards, and causes cardiovascular disease in adulthood,” said Professor Burgner.

As one of the leading causes of death in Australia, this significant research into cardiovascular disease will ensure a brighter future for children by developing interventions before it’s too late.

With the latest equipment, Professor Burgner and his team can conduct more cardiometabolic assessments, which will not only identify what’s driving the hardening of the arteries but also which kids are most at risk.

“To do these kind of assessments of children requires specialist equipment that isn’t readily available and is expensive. It makes a huge difference receiving support for our research,” said Professor Burgner.

Heartfelt thanks goes to Geelong Auxiliary and their network of supporters who generously contributed $100,000 for the cardiometabolic equipment, and Southern Rainbow Auxiliary who funded the clinical instrument trolley.