Did you know that women who experience a complication during
pregnancy have an increased risk of developing premature heart disease before
the age of 55?
A unique clinic informed by research at the Lyell McEwin
Hospital (LMH) is paving the way in changing this and improving women’s health
The research program integrated into this clinic (the
COFFEE* Clinic) is led by Clinical Research Assistant Emily Aldridge who is
passionate about executing research that will educate women, improve their
health and reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the
future. It will save lives.
This project is proudly supported by The Hospital Research
Foundation thanks to your kind support of our lottery!
“Heart disease is the number one killer of women in
Australia and worldwide, and pregnancy gives us a unique opportunity to
identify those women who are at higher risk of developing premature heart
disease,” Emily explained.
“It seems that pregnancy acts as a stress test for the
heart, meaning it gives us a unique insight into a woman’s future heart health.”
Established by Emily’s supervisor, Associate Professor
Margaret Arstall, at the LMH, the COFFEE Clinic is a new clinical service that
invites women who have experienced serious complications, like high blood
pressure and diabetes, during pregnancy to be assessed and given advice from an
expert nurse practitioner such as lifestyle changes and referrals to relevant
“Many women don’t receive follow-up care after giving birth
following a pregnancy complication and our aim with the COFFEE Clinic is to
ultimately reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in South Australian
women,” Emily said.
* COFFEE is an
abbreviation of ‘Cardiovascular assessment after Obstetric complications:
Follow-up For Education and Evaluation’