Chronic heart failure happens when the heart muscle gets damaged, usually from a heart attack, or long-term health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Because of this damage, the heart cannot pump blood the way it should. Many people with heart failure suffer from weakening symptoms like breathlessness, swollen limbs, loss of appetite and dizziness.
There is no cure for chronic heart failure and the only treatment is medication.
Ivanhoe father, husband and grandfather Ibrahim Dellal was first diagnosed with severe heart failure after being rushed to Austin Health by ambulance. His condition was very serious. Fortunately doctors were able to quickly work out what medication Ibrahim needed and they set him on a treatment plan. He left hospital five days later.
His next appointment was as an outpatient where he had an important test called an echocardiogram to determine the extent of damage to his heart. The cardiac ultrasound machine used to conduct this test produces real-time moving pictures of the heart, allowing a patient's heart function to be assessed.
Ibrahim had evidence of heart muscle damage from blockages in his heart arteries, worse than originally thought. Armed with a more accurate and detailed picture of Ibrahim's heart function, his doctors immediately changed his treatment to a more effective medication.
Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to the community, in particular for education for children, Ibrahim dedicates his life to helping educate children through his children's foundation. It is so important to him to be well enough to continue his work in the community.
The current cardiac ultrasound machine is not very portable and is in very high demand. If we had access to a portable cardiac ultrasound machine it would help us diagnose patients like Ibrahim sooner.
The portable cardiac ultrasound machine costs $50,000. Will you help us purchase this machine for Heart Failure Outpatient Clinic and make a difference to more than 1,000 people per year with chronic heart failure, like Ibrahim?
Please help by making a donation. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will make a difference to the lives of people with heart failure through earlier diagnosis and treatment.
"Your donation will help us make a difference to more than 1,000 people per year with chronic heart failure. Thank you for your generosity." Associate Professor Douglas Johnson, Director, Department of General Medicine.