A number of years ago something incredible, an amazing coincidence, happened that started Warrick on the mission to prevent heart attacks rather than try to cure them. He was driving to work one day when he stopped at a commotion by the side of the road. A fun runner had collapsed during a fun run with a heart attack. He helped in his resuscitation only to find out that had seen the very same man two years earlier and reassured him that he was fine.
Warrick had missed the chance to make a difference and it nearly cost a life!! . Based on risk calculation and the best practice of the time, he shouldn't have been at high risk.....but he was!
That meant that he had reassured a patient based on treadmill testing, the best care available at the time that he was fine, only to be part of the team that resuscitated that man when he dropped dead during a running race, this was just not good enough, and he asked himself could this be done differently?
This important question started him on a journey which meant he was open to looking more closely at new and emerging technology to help in being more precise about risk of heart attack.
It became clear to Warrick the more precise we can be in the information we have in regard to a patients heart health and real risk of heart attack, the better we can look after that person, it seems so obvious when you say it like that, but that opportunity is still only new and not broadly utilised in the medical community.
Building on that success, Warick has decided to create a program to help people manage their risks better. It's called “The Healthy Heart Network”. With The Healthy Heart Network he can now help reduce heart disease as a major killer in the world!
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About the Author
Dr Warrick Bishop MBBS, FRACP, Cardiologist Dr Warrick Bishop graduated from the University of Tasmania, School of Medicine in 1988. He worked in the Northern Territory and subsequently commenced his specialist training in Adelaide, South Australia. He completed his advanced training in cardiology in Hobart, Tasmania, becoming a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 1997. He has worked predominately in private practise combined with public sessions. In 2009 Warrick undertook training in CT Cardiac Coronary Angiography, being the first cardiologist in Tasmania with this specialist recognition. This area of imaging fits well with Warrick’s interest in preventative cardiology. Warrick has developed a particular interest in diabetic related risk of coronary artery disease, specifically related to eating guidelines and lipid profiles. He is a recognised examiner for the Royal Australian College of Physicians and is regularly involved with teaching of medical students and junior doctors. Warrick is a member of the Clinical Issues Committee of the Australian Heart Foundation which provides input into issues of significance for the management of heart patients, a member of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society, and a participant on the panel of “interested parties” to develop a model of care and national registry for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia.