The health benefits of running and exercise are widely documented and incontrovertible. Despite this accepted wisdom there are occasional tragic events at races and in training among apparently healthy runners and now medical research is being brought to bear on the heart of the matter.
Dr Gemma Parry-Williams, Clinical Research Fellow to Professor Sanjay Sharma at St. George's University, London has contacted runABC South to offer a world class heart health MOT in return for your time and commitment to a vital heart study that could help save lives.
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned endurance athlete you could be eligible to take part in this research project provided you are aged 40 – 65 and male (sorry ladies) and regularly run, swim, cycle or perhaps combine all three as a triathlete.
The Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology at St George’s Hospital in South London is currently researching the cardiac effects of long term endurance exercise in older athletes. Healthy males with no history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, kidney disease or diabetes can volunteer for the study.
The programme involves three hospital visits, each lasting approximately two hours, to St George's Hospital, Tooting; Lewisham Hospital and St Bartholomew's Heart Centre (Central London). Each volunteer will be offered an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, cardiopulmonary (VO2) exercise test, cardiac MRI scan, cardiac CT scan, blood test and 24-hour heart and blood pressure monitor.
Although there are no travel or other expenses available for taking part in this research there is an immense amount of satisfaction to be gained in helping medical science in this crucial area. The project is funded by a charity called Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)
which raises awareness of sudden cardiac death in young adults and provides support for families. Professor Sanjay Sharma is a Professor of Inherited Cardiac Diseases and Sports Cardiology, Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director of Virgin Money London Marathon.
Big hearted runners with time to spare to help this important research can complete an eligibility questionnaire here
and any outstanding queries relating to the study can be addressed to Dr Gemma Parry-Williams by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org