12 Mar 20. SCOT-HEART 2
Tynecastle legend, Jim Jefferies & his lifesaving Edinburgh Imaging cardiologist Professor David Newby, have teamed up for a new research study aimed to prevent heart attacks.
Former Hearts coach Jim Jeffries had a heart attack playing golf in East Lothian last September.
He was treated at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh by Professor David Newby.
- 6,000 people aimed to be recruited
- 40-70 years old age range
- At increased risk from coronary heart disease
The clubs will encourage their fans to enrol in the SCOT-HEART 2 study.
Footballing greats Gary Locke & Pat Stanton joined Jim Jefferies & Professor Newby for a launch event at Tynecastle stadium.
When I had my heart attack, I was glad of the treatment that I received from Professor Newby & his team. The life-saving methods they used were based on years of research, which has reduced the number of deaths from heart attacks. I think any research we can do to bring these numbers down even further is a good thing & would encourage people to sign up for this clinical trial.
At the moment, doctors use what is known as a ‘risk score’ to help decide who needs advice & medication to prevent heart attacks.
Risk scores are based on factors such as:
- Smoking habits
- Family history of coronary heart disease
However, these scores are not always accurate:
- Some patients receive unnecessary medication
- Others miss out on vital drugs.
- Stopping too many people receiving unecessary medications
- Lowering the numbers of people having heart attacks
There are 10,000 hospital admissions a year in Scotland for people with heart attacks. We are hoping our research will help reduce this number & also the number of people taking unnecessary medications.
Potential SCOT-HEART 2 trial participants will undergo an assessment to see if they are suitable to participate.
If eligible, participants will be randomly assigned to either a risk score or CT scan group.
Every 50 minutes in Scotland, someone is admitted to hospital due to a heart attack. Just 50 years ago, more than 7 in 10 heart attacks in the UK were fatal but today thanks to huge advances in diagnosis, treatment & care – many of them made possible by research funded by the BHF – at least 7 out of 10 people survive.
We want to do more & have ambitions to see survival rates rise even further over the next decade. That’s why projects like the SCOT-HEART 2, led by Professor David Newby & his team at the University of Edinburgh, are so important & we look forward to seeing the results in due course.
- SCOT-HEART 2
- Edinburgh Imaging Facility QMRI
- British Heart Foundation (BHF)
- Professor David Newby
- Coronary artery disease
- What is a CT scan?
- Press Release, University of Edinburgh
- Hearts Football Club
- Hibernian Football Club
- 12 Feb 19. Winner of 2019 EuroMinnies
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