Cardiac Catheter Laboratory ANUM Lorelle Martin

Cardiology staff recognised for vital heart research

Two Austin Health staff members have been recognised for their cardiac research at the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) meeting earlier this month.

Cardiac Catheter Laboratory ANUM Lorelle Martin won the Nursing and Allied Health Poster Prize titled 'Difference's in characteristics, performance targets and outcomes for men and women with STEMI at a large tertiary Australian Hospital' and Cardiology Research Fellow Dr Anoop Koshy was runner up in the Young Investigator Cardiac Imaging Prize.

Lorelle's research focused on the differences between men and women having a heart attack.

"We found women were older and had a higher comorbid condition than men when presenting with a heart attack," she says.

"Women were also more likely to present with atypical symptoms which makes determining a heart attack more difficult".

Lorelle was able to demonstrate in her analysis that overall gender was not a predictor of 12-month mortality.

She says the award win is an unexpected but lovely surprise.

Anoop's research focused on the heart response to stress in patients being assessed for a liver transplant at the Austin.

"We discovered that patients with an inability to augment cardiac function with stress or a low cardiac reserve, had a four-fold increased risk of developing a life-threatening complication of liver failure called hepatorenal syndrome," he says.

"Our discovery sets the stage for trials to see if earlier treatment in our liver transplant candidates with a low cardiac reserve can improve their survival."

There were four young cardiologists from around Australia who were short-listed for the prize and Anoop says he feels fortunate to be the runner up.