We are looking for women who have one or more female-specific risk factors for heart disease. These include: high blood pressure during pregnancy or pre-eclampsia, pregnancy-related diabetes and/or premature (early) menopause before the age of 44 years old.
The research project aims to use a CT scan of the heart to measure a calcium in the heart to determine the risk of developing heart disease in the near future. This CT scan is simple, quick, and widely available, and can be used to detect heart disease.
The CAC women’s trial is a randomised controlled research project.
The aim of the project is to test if a CT Calcium score can improve control of risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and promote a healthy lifestyle, such as regular exercise, eating a heart-healthy diet and not smoking.
You may be eligible to participate in this study if you match the selection critieria:
Criteria 1: Aged 40-65 years (35-65 years if Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
Criteria 2: Low or intermediate risk for CVD based on traditional risk score (Australian absolute cardiovascular risk score between 3-15% inclusive)
Criteria 3: At least 1 risk-enhancing factor(s) (‘novel’ CVD risk factor) of:
a. Hypertensive disorder of pregnancy: gestational hypertension or pre-eclampsia and/or
b. Gestational diabetes and/or
c. Premature menopause (surgical/natural<=age 44 years) and/or
d. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background
If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the study facilitator: firstname.lastname@example.org