My Ride London
You can really make a difference here! Our work has been changed completely by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the pandemic, our commercial research projects, from which we derive our income, were paused. They are just starting up again. We are also unable to carry out our academic projects, apart from the ones we can do by phone. However, we are using our skills and expertise to contribute to the knowledge about COVID-19 and the heart. We have set up a research project which looks at how the COVID-19 virus affects the heart.
What it involves
We are asking patients who have been admitted to hospital with the virus and who need a heart ultrasound scan as part of their care if they would be happy to take part. If they agree, we will collect their data from their admission. This information includes their blood test results and the tablets they are taking. We will also record any medical problems they have had in the past. After 6 months we will invite them for a second ultrasound scan so the images can be compared. We hope that we will be able to see if ultrasound is a good way of detecting those at most risk from the virus.
The research has been approved in the normal way by an independent Ethics committee. The hospital Research and Development team have also given permission for it to go ahead. At the time of writing more than 30 patients have agreed to take part. We very much look forward to seeing them in six month’s time.
While much of our research has been put on hold during the pandemic to focus on caring for patients with COVID-19 and to protect other patients, we are now starting to invite patients to take part in research again. While other illnesses are currently overshadowed by the pandemic, they haven’t gone away. It is really important that we carry on with our work researching into heart disease.
How you can help
If you are a heart patient, you could volunteer to take part in a research project. If you get in touch with us, then we will give you a call and see if you would be suitable for any of our current projects.
The team are taking part in the My Ride London challenge – if you would like to sponsor us that would be fantastic! the link is below.
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To learn more about the team and other ways to help please get in touch.