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June 2013

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In episode one of Heart Starters, 2013, Professor Richard Harper treated Maria Filipa de Freitas Gaio, 33, and Arminda Arminda Soares, 12. Both have since returned to East Timor to lead normal lives.

Heart Starters series returns to Channel 31

The Heart Starters television series, filmed at MonashHeart, has returned to Channel 31.

Heart Starters takes viewers into the world of cardiology, aiming to educate and inform them about the importance of hearth health.

The program’s executive producer Suzana Talevski said the program was committed to playing a role in helping reduce the rate of heart disease and helping people make informed choices about their lifestyles.

‘In this series you get the opportunity to see that heart disease affects everyone from all walks of life and all ages,’ said Ms Talevski.

‘We will again take you through the cath labs and theatres – you will be with the patient and the cardiologist every step of the way.’

MonashHeart Director Professor Ian Meredith said he was delighted to be part of a second season.

‘We have done lots to try and get the heart health message across but, sadly, it seems it is still not getting through in some areas.

‘Hopefully, Heart Starters can help do this,’ Prof Meredith said.

‘It’s important we all come together and reduce the number of Australians dying of heart attack and other cardiac issues.

‘I hope everyone gets behind Heart Starters for this important second season.’

Heart Starters screens on Channel 31 or digital 44 Mondays at 8 p.m. with repeats on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Fridays at 7 a.m.