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Cardiovascular Disease Study

Cardiovascular disease refers to a broad range of conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels, including stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, cardiovascular disease was the underlying cause of 25% of all deaths in Australia in 2021.

As such, there is a significant need for a safe, effective treatment option that helps people reduce their risk of serious heart events. To that end, we’re actively recruiting for a medical study examining the safety and efficacy of an investigational medicinal product for people with cardiovascular disease.

  • Aged 55 years or older
  • History of cardiovascular disease
  • BMI of 25 or more
  • History of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Adelaide - SA
  • Perth - WA
  • Liverpool - NSW
  • Melbourne - VIC
  • Up to 4.7 years

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If you take part in the research study, there will be:

Reimbursement of costs

For out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel and parking.

Free study-related medical care

Be among the first to access a potential new treatment before it is widely available.

Expert medical monitoring

Receive ongoing monitoring and support from specialist healthcare professionals.

No overnight stays

All study visits are outpatient only.

Contribution to medical research

Help potentially advance knowledge and treatment outcomes in cardiovascular research.

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Study Guide


Who can take part in this study?


To take part in this study, you will need to meet all the following:

  • Aged 55 years or older.
  • Have a body mass index of 25.0 kg/m2 or higher.
  • Have Type 2 Diabetes with HbA1c between 6.5% and 10%
  • Have a history of cardiovascular disease, as evidenced by at least one of the following: 
    • Prior myocardial infarction (heart attack). 
    • Prior stroke (ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke).
    • Symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD).


Who is unable to take part in this study?


Unfortunately, if any of the following apply to you, this study is not the right fit for you:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, hospitalisation for unstable angina pectoris (chest pain) or transient ischaemic attack within 60 days before screening. 
  • Scheduled procedures, known on the day of screening, aimed at improving blood flow in the arteries of the heart, neck, or limbs. Examples include stenting and bypass grafting. 
  • Severe heart failure. 
  • End stage renal disease. 
  • Treatment with anti-obesity medicine with GLP-1, such as semaglutide and exenatide, within 90 days before screening.
  • Chronic or intermittent haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.


Additional eligibility criteria apply. Please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Patient Experience team for a detailed discussion about your suitability for participation.


How long will the study take?


If you are deemed eligible for the study, your participation is expected to be up to 4.7 years (approximately 245 weeks), and you will be required to attend the study site up to 27 times. This includes:

  • A screening period of up to 3 weeks, during which you will undergo physical examinations and medical tests to determine your eligibility to participate.  
  • Randomisation into the placebo group or the study drug group. 
  • A treatment period of up to 4.5 years, during which you will self-administer the study drug or a placebo once weekly. You will also need to attend the study site at various times during your treatment so the research team can track how the product is working for you. 
  • A follow-up period of 7 weeks, during which you will revisit the study site so the research team can monitor your progress and generally ensure your well-being. 


This is a double-blind study, which means neither you nor the study doctor will know whether you receive the study drug or a placebo. A placebo resembles the study drug but does not contain any active ingredients. Researchers use a placebo to determine if a study medicine is safer than not taking anything at all. Eligible participants will have a 50% (one in two) chance of receiving the study drug.


Participation in this research study is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.


What is the purpose of this study?


The purpose of this study is to assess the long-term safety of an investigational medicinal product for people with cardiovascular disease, and to determine if it can reduce the risk of serious heart events.


What is cardiovascular disease?


Cardiovascular disease is not a single disease. Also commonly known as heart disease, cardiovascular disease refers to a variety of conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels, including stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Cardiovascular disease is commonly caused by atherosclerosis, a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries. These fatty deposits can subsequently narrow and block the arteries, thereby reducing blood flow and increasing the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart-related events. 


Why is this study important?


According to the Australian Heart Foundation, cardiovascular disease is one of the most prevalent conditions in Australia, with more than 16% of the total Australian population self-reporting as living with cardiovascular disease. While many risk factors for cardiovascular disease can be managed through a healthy lifestyle, such as regular exercise and stress reduction, making significant lifestyle changes can be challenging amidst the demands of everyday life. As such, there is a significant need for a safe, effective treatment that helps people with cardiovascular disease regain control of their heart health, get back to doing the things they love, and pave the way for a brighter, more energetic future. The findings from this study could address gaps in how cardiovascular disease is understood and treated - not just among medical professionals, but also the wider community.


Who is sponsoring this study?


This study is being sponsored by Novo Nordisk, a global pharmaceutical company that has been operating for over 100 years. A pioneer in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk now discovers and develops medicines and other treatments for a wide variety of chronic diseases, including obesity. They are committed to addressing the most urgent and widespread health challenges of our time and conduct clinical trials in over 50 countries.



Where is my nearest study site?


Here is a list of all the that are currently recruiting for this study:


  • Liverpool Hospital : Burnside Dr, Liverpool,  NSW, 2170
  • Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute : 75 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, VIC, 3004


  • Clinitrials : 146 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth, WA 6000
  • Advara HeartCare : Shenton House, Level 2 Suite 2.11, 57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA 6027 


  • Royal Adelaide Hospital : Level 4C, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Port Road, Adelaide, 5000


What if I have other questions about the study?


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