Vascular Health

Project Details

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death both worldwide and in Australia. It is also the top cause of death in the elderly. Although older women have a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease compared to men, not only do medications that target cardivascular health not benefit women as they do men, but there is lower awareness of vascular health in women compared to men. The Healthy Ageing Program examines several factors that have been linked to vascular health, such as lifestyle factors, body mass index, and physical activity, particularly in relation to women.

Current Healthy Ageing Program projects in Vascular Health include:

  • The relationship of physical activity, body composition and cardivascular risks in older women
  • Lipoproteins and cardivascular risk from mid- to late-life in women
  • Sex hormones and cardivascular disease in post-menopausal women
  • Vitamin D levels and cardiovascular disease
  • Can statins protect against cognitive decline associated with dementia?

Researchers

Research Outcomes

Our research in the media

  • ABC Catalyst 23 August 2016: This episode of Catalyst regarding current research on the prevention of Alzheimer's Disease featured A/Professor Cassandra Szoeke and the Women's Healthy Ageing Project. The results from the paper "Predictive factors for verbal memory performance over decades of ageing: Data from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project" were also discussed.
  • Nine News Melbourne 10 June 2016: The results from the paper "Predictive factors for verbal memory performance over decades of ageing: Data from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project" were discussed by A/Prof Cassandra Szoeke in this Nine News Melbourne report. It highlighted the importance of exercise in mid- and later-life in maintaining memory in later-life.
  • Melbourne Ten Eyewitness News 10 June 2016: A/Prof Cassandra Szoeke was featured in a Melbourne Ten Eyewitness News report on the paper "Predictive factors for verbal memory performance over decades of ageing: Data from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project".
  • Australian Financial Review 14 June 2016: Landmark study shows single best way for women to stave off dementia is to move. Jill Margo wrote a feature article for the Australian Financial Review on the Women's Healthy Ageing Project and the results from the "Predictive factors for verbal memory performance over decades of ageing: Data from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project" paper.
  • Daily Mail Australia 10 June 2016What’s the best thing you can do to avoid dementia? EXERCISE! The results from the paper "Predictive factors for verbal memory performance over decades of ageing: Data from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project" was featured in a news article by the Daily Mail Australia.
  • Pursuit, University of Melbourne 8 June 2016: Exercising in Middle Age Can Save Your Memory Later. Pursuit discussed the findings from the paper "Predictive factors for verbal memory performance over decades of ageing: Data from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project".
  • ABC News 16 December 2015:  ‘Almost all my friends live at home’: Adult children living with parents becoming ’normal’ in Australia'. This ABC News article discusses the paper "Boomerang families and failure-to-launch: Commentary on adult children living at home" which discusses the increasing number of adults who live with their parents, and this impact this has on parents. 
  • Pursuit, University of Melbourne 12 November 2015Crowded house as kids fail to launch. This Pursuit article covered the paper "Boomerang families and failure-to-launch: Commentary on adult children living at home.

Research Group

Healthy Ageing Program


Research Themes

Neuroscience

Areas of Excellence

Womens Health,Neuroscience and Psychiatry,Musculoskeletal,Cardiomedtobolic


Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology