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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Soweto projects: To improve health educational levels on non-communicable diseases

Soweto projects: To improve health educational levels on non-communicable diseases

Soweto Cardiovascular Research Unit – Seven Year Review 2006 - 2013. Projects run in Soweto that aim to improve health educational levels on

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Socio-cultural, environmental and behavioural determinants of obesity in black South African women

Socio-cultural, environmental and behavioural determinants of obesity in black South African women

South Africa is undergoing a rapid epidemiological transition and has the highest prevalence of obesity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with black women

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The Wits team in Dakar

The Wits team in Dakar

PASCAR started in 1981 in Badagry, Nigeria in response to an increase in cardiovascular disorders on the African continent. In 2013 the event was

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HEDUAfrica officially launches at Soweto’s Elias Motsoaledi and Senaoane clinics

HEDUAfrica officially launches at Soweto’s Elias Motsoaledi and Senaoane clinics

HEDUAfrica officially launched at Soweto’s Elias Motsoaledi and Senaoane clinics on 19 and 20 March read more

Health awareness day for teens at Soweto’s Ibhongo Secondary School

Health awareness day for teens at Soweto’s Ibhongo Secondary School

A large team consisting of several professors, physicians, dieticians, nurses and basic science students recently attended Ibhongo Secondary School

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News

Soweto projects: To improve health educational levels on non-communicable diseases

Soweto projects: To improve health educational levels on non-communicable diseases

Soweto Cardiovascular Research Unit – Seven Year Review 2006 - 2013. Projects run in Soweto that aim to improve health educational levels on non-communicable diseases.

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Socio-cultural, environmental and behavioural determinants of obesity in black South African women

Socio-cultural, environmental and behavioural determinants of obesity in black South African women

South Africa is undergoing a rapid epidemiological transition and has the highest prevalence of obesity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with black women being the most affected (obesity prevalence 31.8%). Although genetic factors are important, socio-cultural, environmental and behavioural factors and the influence of socio-economic status are more likely to explain the high prevalence of obesity.

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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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Small ball

Small ball

Place ball between scapulae (shoulder blades)

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Featured recipes

Chicken and chickpea casserole

Chicken and chickpea casserole A nutritious and tasty chicken dish, full of flavour and plenty of vitamins. [Read more]

Herbal teas

Herbal teas This delicious tea is perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day. [Read more]