Funding awarded to cardiovascular research project

Posted by ap507 at Jul 23, 2014 09:51 AM |
University receives generous donation for heart study from the Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund

A University research project has received vital philanthropic funding for the second year from two Masonic charities.

The Masonic Samaritan Fund and Freemasons’ Grand Charity have donated a combined sum of £33,000 to the DREAM (Daily Remote Ischaemic Conditioning Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction) research study led by Professor Nilesh Samani (pictured), Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Recently, a natural protective mechanism has been identified that can reduce the amount of damage from a heart attack. If the blood supply in a person’s arm or leg is interrupted temporarily, the body releases chemicals that can “condition” the heart to protect it during a heart attack and the subsequent effort to restore the flow of blood. This is called remote ischemic conditioning (RIC).

In the DREAM trial, the University team is undertaking a randomised clinical trial to gather preliminary evidence that RIC, applied daily for 28 days to patients who have sustained significant damage to the heart after a heart attack, results in significant improvement in their heart function compared with patients who have not had this treatment.

The study is being undertaken by the DREAM project research team led by Dr Andrew Vanezis based at the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, under the direction of Professor Samani.