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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Emotional stress can happen to any mother and it is not your fault

Emotional stress can happen to any mother and it is not your fault

You are not alone if you feel stressed since you became pregnant. Some mothers feel troubled and guilty for feeling unhappy during their pregnancy.

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High blood pressure during pregnancy is dangerous

High blood pressure during pregnancy is dangerous

If you are diagnosed with pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy), you will need to stay in the hospital so that your blood pressure can

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Shortness of breath during pregnancy can affect your health

Shortness of breath during pregnancy can affect your health

Not being able to breathe properly during pregnancy can affect your health and that of your unborn read more

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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News

Emotional stress can happen to any mother and it is not your fault

Emotional stress can happen to any mother and it is not your fault

You are not alone if you feel stressed since you became pregnant. Some mothers feel troubled and guilty for feeling unhappy during their pregnancy. Getting help will make you feel better, and there is a lot of support on offer.

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High blood pressure during pregnancy is dangerous

High blood pressure during pregnancy is dangerous

If you are diagnosed with pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy), you will need to stay in the hospital so that your blood pressure can be checked often, for your safety and that of your baby.

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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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