Aust Centre for Heart Health

Heart Health Connect is an initiative of the Australian Centre for Heart Health and was developed with the support of the Victorian Cardiac Clinical Network (VCCN).

The VCCN is part of the Commission for Hospital Improvement.

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What is Cardiac Blues?

Each year, 55,000 Australians will have a heart attack with more people surviving a heart attack than 20 years ago.

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However, while the body can recover physically, healing the mind is more complex! A heart event is an emotional experience, not just a physical one. Having a heart attack or heart surgery can come as a huge shock and distress is common. Once they get home from hospital, people go on an “emotional rollercoaster” of worry, guilt, frustration, anger, fear and sadness.

Almost all people who have a cardiac event experience the cardiac blues! This is very distressing, confusing and challenging for people, especially if the health professionals treating them aren’t aware about this important problem…read more

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MHPN Psycho-cardiology Network

The Australian Centre for Heart Health has led the establishment of the Victorian Psycho-Cardiology Network. Several meetings of the network have been held to-date, attended by over 60 health professionals on each occasion. The network has heard from a series of high calibre speakers, including Dr Barbara Murphy, Australian Centre for Heart Health; Professor David Barton, Ballarat Health Service; Dr Marlies Alvarenga, MonashHeart; Professor David Thompson, Centre for Heart and Mind, ACU; and Professor Murray Esler, Baker IDI.

The Victorian Psycho-Cardiology Network has a series of meetings planned and the Australian Centre for Heart Health has been in talks with MHPN about establishing Psycho-Cardiology Networks across Australia.

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