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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African country representatives meet in Cape Town to discuss heart failure

African country representatives meet in Cape Town to discuss heart failure

Participants from several African countries: Mozambique, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa met recently at the Vineyard

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Genome-wide gene expression analysis in black South African women who develop gestational diabetes m

Genome-wide gene expression analysis in black South African women who develop gestational diabetes m

To understand the impact of gestational diabetes on the foetus by investigating gene expression and DNA methylation to look for epigenetic

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Pathophysiology and epidemiology  of peripartum cardiomyopathy

Pathophysiology and epidemiology of peripartum cardiomyopathy

Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of complications in pregnancy worldwide, and the number of patients who develop cardiac problems during

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Lower levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in urban Africans presenting with communicable

Lower levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in urban Africans presenting with communicable

An investigation into whether urban Africans displayed lower levels of arteroprotective high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC) when presenting

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HIV can be transmitted from HIV-infected women to their babies

HIV can be transmitted from HIV-infected women to their babies

HIV can be transmitted from HIV-infected women to their babies. The way this can happen is via transmission to your unborn child during pregnancy or

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News

African country representatives meet in Cape Town to discuss heart failure

African country representatives meet in Cape Town to discuss heart failure

Participants from several African countries: Mozambique, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa met recently at the Vineyard Hotel Conference Centre to discuss heart failure.

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Genome-wide gene expression analysis in black South African women who develop gestational diabetes m

Genome-wide gene expression analysis in black South African women who develop gestational diabetes m

To understand the impact of gestational diabetes on the foetus by investigating gene expression and DNA methylation to look for epigenetic perturbations that may lead to an unfavourable outcome in the offspring.

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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

Shoulder bridge

Shoulder bridge

The shoulder bridge is intended to extend and stabilise the hips and pelvis using the hamstrings and lower glutes (buttocks) muscles.

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Thoracic breathing

Thoracic breathing

Breathing has an effect on many systems of the body besides just respiration. Learning breathing exercises is an easy and effective way to help your body help itself.

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Featured recipes

Quick and easy wholewheat bread

Quick and easy wholewheat bread This bread is easy to make - a tasty and nutritious staple. [Read more]

Chicken and chickpea casserole

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