From ‘Peking to Paris’ for SCAD Research at the University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Jul 01, 2016 03:20 PM |
Leicester alumnus embarks on 8,500 mile trip to raise funds for medical condition

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 1 July 2016

Paul Rivlin, a supporter of the University of Leicester, is embarking on the five week Endurance Rally Association Challenge, driving a 1935 Alvis Silver Eagle from Peking to Paris to raise money towards Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) Research at the University.

Paul, a graduate of the University of Leicester, and his teammate Richard, will be driving the 13,500 kilometers (8,500 miles) from Beijing to Paris, through 13 different countries, in their vintage car named Emerald. They will travel through the Gobi Desert and across Siberia to raise money for research into this condition.

Paul said: “I’m paying my own costs for the rally and donating a minimum of £10,000 to this appeal.

“I shall match any funding up to a further £15,000 to raise the £40,000 target to help this research programme.”

SCAD is an unpredictable condition with patients usually experiencing a sudden, unexpected heart attack. It is more common in women, in particular during or soon after pregnancy, but it can affect all age groups and is recognised as a cause of heart attacks in healthy young adults, men and women.

SCAD results from an acute bleed into the vessel wall of a coronary artery creating a false lumen within the blood vessel. This accumulation of blood compresses the true lumen, restricting or preventing blood flow to the heart muscle. Sadly some cases of SCAD are fatal.

The SCAD UK and Europe research portal is an initiative of the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit and is part of an international collaboration of patients, doctors and scientists to undertake research into this condition. The research and clinical content is reviewed by a team led by Dr David Adlam, a senior lecturer in the University of Leicester Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Lisa Davies, Senior Development Manager at the University of Leicester, said: “On behalf of the University of Leicester I would like to extend a huge thank you to Paul for supporting SCAD research with his participation in this exciting rally, and we wish him and Richard a safe journey.”

You can follow Paul’s journey with Emerald via his online blog or donate via his Just Giving page


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