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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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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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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News

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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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 pregnancy is increasing.

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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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Roll down prep

Roll down prep

Sit with your hands behind knees, thumbs to ceiling, and elbows wide

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Featured recipes

Crunchy baked apples

Crunchy baked apples A healthy treat, sure to put smiles on faces. [Read more]

Sweet chilli chicken

Sweet chilli chicken This tasty chicken dish is made with chickpeas and vegetables, increasing the soluble fibre content. [Read more]