International praise for Kettering team’s trial
A TEAM working in Kettering, researching a heart rhythm disorder that can increase the risk of stroke, has been highlighted as a top performer in the UK in a trial that is being run across ten European countries.
Kettering General Hospital’s Cardiology Research Team has achieved the highest level of recruitment and retention in the country, for the EAST Study – an acronym for the Early Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation for Stroke Prevention Trial.
The trial is comparing two different treatment strategies for addressing atrial fibrillation – a rhythm disorder that causes an irregular and very fast heart rate.
In the study, one group of patients receives medication and cardiac procedures in a certain order, with another group receiving them in a different order to find out which is the most effective.
The trial is being run by the German Atrial Fibrillation Network (AFNET) in co-operation with the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA).
Kettering General Hospital has achieved the highest UK recruitment to the trial, with 32 participants. Overall, 19 UK hospitals are taking part in the study.
Consultant cardiologist and principal investigator, Dr Salman Nishtar, said: “I am pleased and proud that the team has been acknowledged at a national and international level for conducting excellent research.
“We have consistently been the top UK recruitment centre for this study, achieving high levels of patient participation. I would like to congratulate the entire research team for their commitment and to thank all our patients for making this contribution to research.”
KGH study co-ordinator Charmaine Beirnes said: “The success at Kettering is down to teamwork. Patients are found across various departments and research meetings ensure colleagues can highlight eligible patients.”
Mrs Roberta Forman (75), from Great Oakley, was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in 2013 and agreed to participate in research. She said: “I think it is very important for research to be carried out so that doctors and nurses can give the very best treatments available.
“I know I am doing something that will benefit future heart patients.”
Pictured top – STUDY VOLUNTEER: Assisting the research is patient Roberta Forman, who is pictured here (centre) with study co-ordinator Charmaine Beirnes and principal investigator Dr Salman Nishtar.
Pictured above CARDIOLOGY RESEARCH TEAM: From left, consultant cardiologist and principal investigator Dr Salman Nishtar, research nurse Parizade Raymode, study co-ordinator Charmaine Beirnes, research administrator Chloe Dobson and sub-investigator Dr Mohammed El-Din.