Cardiovascular Sciences in the Media


Heart-stopping moment: BBC features initiative involving our University

A life-saving initiative involving our University has featured in a BBC programme. The Heartwize project was conceived and initiated by the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals with cardiologist colleagues Dr William Toff, Associate Professor at the University, and Dr Doug Skehan from the Hospital Trust.

Prestigious fellowship for life-saving research

Novel study by researcher in Department of Cardiovascular Sciences will examine potential of breathing exercise for stroke survivors.

100-strong crowd learns results of Leicester stroke and exercise study

The results of a 3-year study into stroke patients and exercise was shared with funders, patients and carers at an event held in the Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester on 18 July.

Leicester expert to discuss Obesity Paradox on BBC Radio 4 Gavin Murphy

Professor Gavin Murphy to appear on BBC Radio 4: Inside Health on Tuesday 18 July.

Leicester research team receives £25k to continue investigations into rare disease

A team of scientists and clinicians from the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (formerly Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit) have received a cheque for £25,000 to continue its ground breaking research into the cardiovascular disease, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD).

Leicester professor launches UK's first aortic clinic Professor Toru Suzuki

One of our Professors has developed the UK’s first aortic clinic helping patients in Leicestershire. Facility provides more tailored treatment for patients.

Leading Leicester cardiologists nominated for British Heart Foundation ‘Heart Hero’ award

Dr David Adlam shortlisted for pioneering work into under-diagnosed heart condition SCAD.

One in three high blood pressure patients failing to take medication, study suggests

Leicester researchers design novel urine test to help to diagnose adherence to blood pressure medications.


Leicester Heartwize team win top healthcare award

Collaborative project by University and Leicester's Hospitals recognised at BMJ awards ceremony.


High praise for Leicester data mining team’s research into trauma patient deaths

Departments of Mathematics and Cardiovascular Sciences’ paper highlighted by journal as ‘honoured’ and ‘esteemed’.

Report reveals that falls are now the most common type of major trauma in England and Wales Professor Tim CoatsLeicester

Professor Tim Coats highlights need rethink the organisation and training within trauma systems.


Leicester leads study pointing to postcode lottery in aneurysm care Dr Giovanni Mariscalco

BHF-funded research shows access to treatment varies from county to county.


Professor Dave Lambert (news item)Professor David Lambert elected Chairman of the Board of the British Journal of Anaesthesia (the world’s oldest independent journal of anaesthesia).

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Gavin MurphyResearch suggests being overweight protects heart surgery patients

Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), collected data about 401,227 adults in the UK and Ireland who had undergone cardiac surgery between 1st April 2002 and 31st March 2013.

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Professor Nilesh SamaniLeading University heart professor recognised as top global researcher

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani named on Highly Cited Researchers from the Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters list

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Matt Bown (news)Study shows genetic link to fatal health condition could aid future treatment

Leicester researchers lead study into abdominal aortic aneurysm

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David Adlam SCAD Research imageLeicester team to update patients on latest SCAD research findings

Second Beat SCAD conference to support people with Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection taking place on Saturday 12 November

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Genetics study to improve prediction of heart disease recruits 20,000th participant

The Genetics and Vascular Health Check study (GENVASC) aims to determine whether the addition of genetic information can better improve risk prediction of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and whether it is possible to identify those with spurious low risk through the addition of genetic information.

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Toru Suzuki's 'Meat' news imageLeading heart researchers to appear in BBC documentary

The documentary, 'The Truth About Meat', will be broadcast on Thursday 29 September at 9:00PM and will feature Professor Toru Suzuki and Dr Liam Heaney.

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Professor Nilesh SamaniResearchers develop new genetic tool to identify people at risk of coronary heart disease

Leicester cardiologist involved in research demonstrating potential benefits of genetic risk scores

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Professor Dave Lambert (news item)Pain pharmacology expert to share expertise at Chinese medical university

Professor David Lambert accepts invitation to Hubei University of Medicine

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Car ScadFrom 'Peking to Paris' for SCAD research

Leicester alumnus embarks on 8,500 mile trip to raise funds for medical condition


Study to help find ways to prevent kidney damage

Leicestershire people set to undergo keyhole vascular surgery are being recruited for a new study to help find ways to prevent kidney damage which can sometimes occur afterwards.


StethoscopeMedical research paper gains over 1,000 citations

Tim Coats, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University, led research which discovered injury-associated bleeding condition in 2003

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Cardiac Electrophysiology news item (Prof GA Ng)UK first heart operations using novel system at Leicester

Leicester Professor deploys new system to target critical circuits for heart rhythm disturbance

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Professor Tom Robinson (news)Global study identifies a safer treatment of acute stroke

Leicester involved in study to improve survival rates of stroke victims

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Two Silver Athena SWAN Awards announced for Leicester

Accolades in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology recognise efforts in tackling gender inequality

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Professor Thompson G Robinson Professor Thompson Robinson has been elected as a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator


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Professor Andre Ng (news item)New test for sudden cardiac death receives funding

Team led by Professor Andre Ng at University of Leicester and Leicester's hospitals supported by heart charity

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Researchers identify 'simple' methods to prevent heart attacks and stroke

Academic team involved in international study

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Professor Nilesh Samani (news portrait)Professor Sir Nilesh Samani announced as next British Heart Foundation Medical Director

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Asthma inhalerNew target could help to reduce symptoms of asthma attacks

Researchers from Universities of Leicester and Naples propose new target for the treatment of asthma

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New heart attack genes discovered

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani involved in study

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Red meat and heart disease news imageResearch shows red meat metabolite levels high in acute heart failure patients

Study shows possible link between red meat and heart disease

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PAMPs news itemMolecules in processed foods could unlock key to healthier diets

A study led by Dr Clett Erridge identifies harmful bacterial molecules in processed foods and how to prevent them from arising

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Dr Rainbow - high blood sugar levels (news item)Study finds high blood sugar levels could lead to heart attack complications

A team led by Dr Richard Rainbow from the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences has demonstrated for the first time the mechanism by which the level of sugar in your blood can affect the contraction of blood vessels, with potentially dangerous effects on the heart and blood pressure

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Dr Gerry McCann - study examines effects on the heartResearch offers reassurance over multiple artery procedures for heart attack victims

A new study led by Dr Gerry McCann, NIHR Career Development Fellow from the University and Leicester's Hospitals has examined the effects on the heart of treating multiple narrowed arteries - rather than just one – at the time of a heart attack.

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Professor Tim Coats (in the news)Infants under 12 months most at risk of physical abuse

Three times more likely to die than children sustaining other types of physical trauma

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Professor Dave LambertLeicester receives world-class bioscience investment

The BBSRC has awarded our University over £1.5 million in order to advance knowledge and understanding in three key areas that impact on health.  Professor Dave Lambert and his team are one of the three areas.

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Professor Toru SuzukiJournal highlights novel paper by cardiovascular scientist with editorial

New paper by Professor Toru Suzuki has been chosen as Editor’s Choice: ‘Modulation of cardiac fibrosis by Krüppel-like factor 6 through transcriptional control of thrombospondin 4 in cardiomyocytes’ in Cardiovascular Research.

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Professor Nilesh SamaniLeicester scientists to unlock the secrets of the biological clock

A new study led by the University of Leicester will investigate how the length of tiny pieces of DNA called telomeres play a part in the biological ageing process

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Dr Rich Rainbow

Study provides insight into zinc's important role in heartbeat regulation

Cardiovascular scientist Dr Richard Rainbow involved in a new study.

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Professor Toru SuzukiStudy shows potential cause of most common emergency condition of main artery in body

Professor Toru Suzuki suggests aortic dissection could be caused by a specific molecule in the body

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Professor Nilesh SamaniIncreased risk of coronary heart disease associated with shorter height

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani leads new study to show link between height and disease

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Gavin MurphyLeicester academic leads study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine

Professor Gavin Murphy, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Professor of Cardiac Surgery in our Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at Leicester is the lead author of a new study that has shown that patients having heart surgery do not benefit if doctors wait until a patient has become substantially anaemic before giving a transfusion.

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Professor Dave Lambert (news item)Leicester Professor honoured by Iraqi University

Kufa University bestows title of Visiting Professor on Professor David Lambert for contributions to the field of Medicine.

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ROX couplerBRU in trial of device found to lower blood pressure

Andre Ng, Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Leicester and Consultant Cardiologist, is the Principal Investigator from the University of Leicester in a multi-centre trial of a device to help lower blood pressure in people with treatment resistant hypertension.

Prof Irene Gottlob and Trustees at the Ulverscroft FoundationUniversity of Leicester launches new unit for eye-opening research

Ophthalmology research unit recognises support from The Ulverscroft Foundation

Thousands of families devastated by heart attacks in East Midlands

BHF calls on region to support fundraising campaign for life-saving heart research

Professor Nilesh SamaniUniversity of Leicester Professor is Knighted in New Year's Honours

British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiology at the University and consultant cardiologist at Leicester's Hospitals is recognised for services to medicine and medical research

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Professor Iain SquireLeicester academic plays lead role in new heart failure drug test

Professor Iain Squire is UK lead in testing treatment for patients with heart failure

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Professor Alison H GoodallCommunity joins together in support of heart research

Christmas Carol Concert raises funds for the University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre

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Jon O'Doherty - University ChallengeIntercalated BSc student, Jon O'Doherty, competitor in the University Challenge.

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Professor David Lambert - AAGBI AwardAcademic receives prestigious anaesthesia award

Professor David Lambert recognised by Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

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Study into rare heart problem

Study into rare heart problem

Leicester team leads UK’s first scientific study into disease

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Professor Tony Gershlick (news)Leicester research team show that heart attack procedure reduces risk of further complications

New study reveals that treating heart attack patients who have two or three narrowed arteries with additional stents reduces major complications within 12 months by more than 50%

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Funding awarded to cardiovascular research project

University receives generous donation for heart study from the Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund

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Professor David Lambert receiving a certificate of appreciation from Dean of the College of Medicine in Kufa, Dr Mohammed Saeed Abdulzahara Leicester academic sets a new first in Iraq

Professor David Lambert serves as first international examiner for Master’s students at the University of Kufa.

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Cardiovascular Research Centre Official opening of the Cardiovascular Research Centre

The £12.6 million heart research centre was officially opened on Wednesday 11th June.

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Transformational gift to life-changing heart research

£70,000 cheque presentation to Cardiovascular Research Centre

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Maciej TomaszewskiSimple urine test can distinguish between treatment failure and failure to take drugs

A study looking into high blood pressure by Dr Maciej Tomaszewski published in academic journal Heart


Professor Nilesh SamaniResearchers discover epigenetic mechanism that could affect risk of obesity-related disease

Study examines impact of body weight on DNA methylation

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Gavin MurphyAcademic to launch pilot study into kidney injury in heart patients

Professor Gavin Murphy receives funding from Leicestershire charity Heart Link

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