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Up to three young Australians under 35 will lose their lives following a sudden cardiac arrest this week. There will be no symptoms. No warning signs. And no way to save them.
Brad and his sister Mel were only young children when they lost their dad following a sudden cardiac arrest.
The siblings were both diagnosed with the inherited heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM leads to abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, most often of the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber of the heart), causing the heart to work less efficiently.
Both Brad and Mel needed an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). This device monitors their heart rhythm 24 hours a day.
With a 50:50 chance of inheriting the gene, sadly Brad’s identical twin boys also have HCM.
While this family carry the burden of this gene, research carried out at Centenary has enabled the identification of the genes responsible and helped develop more effective and targeted therapies.
By donating to medical research today, you will be helping to make game-changing discoveries in understanding and diagnosing genetic heart disease for families like Brad and Mel’s – keeping them together for as long as possible.