Welcome to the Soweto Cardiovascular Research Heart Unit

The Soweto Cardiovascular Research Heart Unit (Socru) was set up in January 2006 in order to co-ordinate a range of research into cardiovascular disease in Soweto, South Africa, and to promote research collaboration in this area.

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Mission statement

The unit’s mission is to do research in cardiovascular diseases that are common in Southern Africa, where

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Opposing roles of Akt and STAT3 in the protection of the maternal heart from peripartum stress

Opposing roles of Akt and STAT3 in the protection of the maternal heart from peripartum stress

Postpartum Akt activation is detrimental for the peripartum heart as it lowers anti-oxidative defence and in combination with low STAT3 conditions,

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HEDUAfrica visits Centre of Research Excellence in Melbourne

HEDUAfrica visits Centre of Research Excellence in Melbourne

Members of HEDUAfrica were privileged to visit the Centre of Research Excellence in Melbourne, Australia to learn firsthand about their study focus

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2014 World Congress of Cardiology held in Australia

2014 World Congress of Cardiology held in Australia

The World Congress of Cardiology is a major international conference that addresses and tackles the importance of cardiovascular health and disease

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Hypertension and hypertensive heart disease in African women

Hypertension and hypertensive heart disease in African women

Hypertension and hypertensive heart disease is one of the main contributors to a growing burden of non- communicable forms of cardiovascular disease

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Global, regional, and national levels of neonatal, infant, and  under-5 mortality during 1990–

Global, regional, and national levels of neonatal, infant, and under-5 mortality during 1990–

Remarkable financial and political efforts have been focused on the reduction of child mortality during the past few decades. read more

News

Opposing roles of Akt and STAT3 in the protection of the maternal heart from peripartum stress

Opposing roles of Akt and STAT3 in the protection of the maternal heart from peripartum stress

Postpartum Akt activation is detrimental for the peripartum heart as it lowers anti-oxidative defence and in combination with low STAT3 conditions, accelerate cardiac inflammation and fibrosis. PRL and its cleaved 16 kDa form are central for Akt-induced PPCM, as indicated by the protection from the disease by PRL blockade.

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HEDUAfrica visits Centre of Research Excellence in Melbourne

HEDUAfrica visits Centre of Research Excellence in Melbourne

Members of HEDUAfrica were privileged to visit the Centre of Research Excellence in Melbourne, Australia to learn firsthand about their study focus and methods, particularly in the field of cardiovascular disease.

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Featured Publications

Impact of HIV in Heart of Soweto

2011 - Karen Sliwa, Melinda J. Carrington, Anthony Becker, Fredrich Thienemann, Mpiko Ntsekhe and Simon Stewart
  • European Heart Journal Advance Access (November 2011) doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehr398
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Primary care: prevention in youth and adults

Primary care: prevention in youth and adults

In-reach programme to extend the successful Heart of Soweto hypertension and heart failure management programmes into a broader chronic disease management programme, and then to extend this into the Soweto primary health clinics.

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Projects

Projects

The Soweto Cardiovascular Research Unit has been involved in a number of projects since it first started up. Currently it is occupied with four main ongoing projects related to cardiovascular research in South Africa.

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Exercise

Exercise for pregnancy

Exercise for pregnancy

Try to fit in some mild exercise every day. This doesn’t mean rushing off to the gym for an hour’s strenuous workout.

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Hundred modified

Hundred modified

The Hundred excercise is practiced at the beginning of the routine for endurance

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Featured recipes

Beef and vegetable casserole

Beef and vegetable casserole This hearty beef dish is full of vegetables, making it a healthy and tasty family meal. [Read more]

Fruit punch

Fruit punch A delicious and refreshingly healthy fruit combination. [Read more]