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Women’s Heart Disease


Multiple projects are available targetting all areas of women’s heart disease and heart health including female-predominant conditions such as spontaneous coronary artery dissection, as well as the larger area of prevention of coronary artery disease. The opporunities include being located in a thriving reasearch environment of the Westmead Applied Research Centre, surrounded by academics from all stages of their career as well as from diverse backgrouns -including clinicians/cardiologists, dieticians, primary care and allied health.


Associate Professor Sarah Zaman.

Research location

Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC)

Program type



Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Australian women. Yet women have low awareness of their risk. Women can also have ‘non-traditional' cardiovascular risk factors including pregnancy-related diabetes, hypertension and pre-eclampsia, pre-term delivery, breast cancer treatments and autoimmune disease. However, preventative interventions for these risk factors are often not initiated. Several uncommon cardiac conditions have a high female predominance including spontaneous coronary artery dissection, Takotsubo (stress-induced) cardiomyopathy and myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary disease. However, these conditions are often mis-diagnosed with a severe lack of data-driven evidence for their optimal management. A flagship project involving the development of a Women's Heart Disease program is being established at the Westmead Applied Research Centre, with grant funding already available for several women's heart disease clinical trials. These innovative women's heart disease projects provide the opportunity for a few select PhD and master's candidates to utilise the patients and research databases created to address many aspects of prevention and treatment of heart disease in women as well as linkage with other modalities such as CT coronary angiogram. 
Projects are focused on:

  • Improving primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease
  • Understanding spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)
  • Improving understanding of dietary intake and risk of cardiovascular disease

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2883

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