Welcome to HICRA
Welcome to HICRA

Welcome to HICRA

The Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (HICRA) strives to facilitate national and international research collaborations, consolidate and expand existing efforts to combat the most serious cardiovascular threats to health and to improve overall prosperity in the region.

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Heart of Africa - Maternity & Cardiac Disease Project
Heart of Africa - Maternity & Cardiac Disease Project

Heart of Africa - Maternity & Cardiac Disease Project

The incidence of cardiovascular disease is increasing across the world, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Etiology and outcome varies between developing and developed countries. In Africa, cardiovascular disease is the most common causes of maternal death in pregnant women.
The data on the outcome of the Cardiac Disease in Maternity Cohort Study I have now been published.

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Pan African Pulmonary Hypertension Cohort Study
Pan African Pulmonary Hypertension Cohort Study

Pan African Pulmonary Hypertension Cohort Study

PAPUCO was established in 2011 to describe the epidemiology and characteristics of pulmonary hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa. The collaboration currently includes 18 cardiovascular specialist centres. The methodology of the project has now been published.

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Cardioprotection Group
Cardioprotection Group

Cardioprotection Group

The major objective of the Cardioprotection Group is the delineation of novel cardioprotective pathways that can be activated to limit cell death in various pathophysiological conditions, such as heart failure, myocardial infarction or diabetes.

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The Hedu-Africa Project
The Hedu-Africa Project

The Hedu-Africa Project

Hedu-Africa creates a platform within the African context to create broader awareness around cardiovascular disease in maternity with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality and improving child outcome in South Africa. Using videos of woman who have experienced problems during pregnancy and live to tell their story.

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Cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) keep the leading position among the most and dangerous diseases. They are the most widespread in the XX and XXI centuries. Parlous times of lues, typhoid, and variola became part of the past. Yet, their place was not empty for a short time. As they say, new times – new diseases. All about these new diseases you can read at African-heart.org.

Lots of factors made these diseases spread. Our cardiovascular system was formed during biological evolution. The human formed. Now everything changed: our way of life, habits, etc. But, the cardiovascular system did not change ultimately. In other words, it is structured and oriented at an intensive and active lifestyle.

Just remember what our ancestors had to do. The process of procuring food or building a house required considerable physical exertion. Nowadays we live at an absolutely different time. We have a transport to move, markets and shops to buy food, and we buy ready-built houses.

Yes, our ancestors had much more free time to do everything. Unfortunately, we sometimes do not have to walk to the nearest park. Hence, our cardiovascular system suffers because of the constant lack of exertion. Our heart is also a muscle. Everyone knows what happens to muscles if we do not train them.

Consequences of CVD

Under African-heart.org, modern people who live in big cities, are more prone to CVD. The reasons are their constant stirring life and urgency. They have no time for physical exertion. But, this leads to the appearance of nervous and psychological exertion.

Mostly, it is conditioned by the enormous amount of information we get every day. We read mass media, social networks and use the Internet.

Unfortunately, most of this information is negative. Now imagine how our nervous system is overloaded every day.

The nervous system and cardiovascular one are closely related. Any strong emotion causes a particular reaction to our organism. Such examples are endless. We feel emotions constantly. And if our nervous system suffers, the cardiovascular one suffers as well. We just notice it later.

To renew both these important systems, physical exertion is the best help. Otherwise, this all will result in hypertonia, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, etc.

Some people use another way to stimulate the organism. They start drinking alcohol, smoke or using drugs. No need to mention how they will suffer in the future.

It is much better to think of another way to get rid of stress. Yoga, painting, or even a pet can help in this question. Why not?

Preventing CVD

By who.int, most deaths occur because of cardiovascular diseases. That is why preventing CVD is such an important issue.

Prevention CVD consists of the complex of measures. One of the main ways is to reduce the amount of psychological stress. Try to avoid conflict situations both at work and at home. Physical activity is needed. Swimming in the pool, martial arts, even morning run can help. Fortifying procedures are also helpful.

Rest is one more necessary measure. Sleep at least 8 hours a day. Also, during the day try to relax at least for 5 minutes and have a rest from work. Food is also important. Try to eat less greasy and salted food, and drink less strong coffee.

Supplements for the prevention of heart diseases are also helpful. Besides popular vitamins, you can try to read BPS 5 Reviews. The main function of the supplement is to adjust your blood pressure. It does not only lowers your BP but also keeps it in balance.

This supplement is based on natural and safe components. Plus, they are aimed at the complete healing of your organism. The components influence the system and organs of our cardiovascular system. The treatment occurs softly inside.

Some of the components are used both in traditional and folk medicine. We are all aware of the use of cinnamon and essential minerals. That is why don't give it a moment's thought the effectiveness of the supplement. Anyway, ask for advice from your doctor about using this supplement.

So, minimal measures to prevent cardiovascular diseases depend on you. Do more physical exercises, get enough sleep, and eat more healthy food. These are the three first steps to have a long and happy life.

New Projects
Latest News
Jul 4

Visiting NIH Millennium Chronic Disease Leadership Programme PhD candidates

Visiting NIH Millennium Chronic Disease Leadership Programme PhD candidates

Mrs Angela Hobbs and Mrs Vanesa Pillay, PhD students on the NIH Millennium Chronic Disease Leadership Programme were invited to the Hatter Institute to give talks on their research projects.  Mrs Hobbs gave an interesting talk on Gestational diabetes in black South African women.  Mrs Pillay covered the topic of  Identifying Genetic markers of Obesity Risk in a South African Black Population. 

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Jun 28

Hatter Students Graduate – 20 June 2014

 

Mzwandile grad june 2014

Dr Mzwandile Mbele

Gaurang grad june 2014

Dr Gaurang Deshpande

 

 

 

 

 

 

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