Heart failure in minority populations - Impediments to optimal treatment in Australian aborigines

Pupalan Iyngkaran, Nadarajan Kangaharan, Hendrik Zimmet, Margaret Arstall, Rob Minson, Merlin C. Thomas, Peter Bergin, John Atherton, Peter B MacDonald, David L Hare, John D. Horowitz, Marcus Ilton

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Chronic heart failure (CHF) among Aboriginal/Indigenous Australians is endemic. There are also grave concerns for outcomes once acquired. This point is compounded by a lack of prospective and objective studies to plan care. To capture the essence of the presented topic it is essential to broadly understand Indigenous health. Key words such as ‘worsening’, ‘gaps’, ʼneed to do more’, ‘poorly studied’, or ‘future studies should inform’ occur frequently in contrast to CHF research for almost all other groups. This narrative styled opinion piece attempts to discuss future directions for CHF care for Indigenous Australians. We provide a synopsis of the problem, highlight the treatment gaps, and define the impediments that present hurdles in optimising CHF care for Indigenous Australians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-179
Number of pages14
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reviews
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Aboriginal Australian
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Cultural health attributions
  • Culture and healthcare
  • Health beliefs
  • Indigenous Australian

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