New research to tackle common undiagnosed heart condition
Wednesday 9 May 2012
Researchers at the University of Surrey are joining forces with doctors specialising in the treatment of strokes to understand the causes of a common undetected heart complaint that affects more than a million people.
The new research project aims to lead to better treatment for the condition called atrial fibrillation, which is estimated to be responsible for 15% of strokes.
Professor Christopher Fry, Director of the new Institute of Biosciences and Medicine, at the university will lead the research team, who will work with the Guildford-based charity HASTE (Heart and Stroke Trust Endeavour) and colleagues at The Royal Surrey County, Ashford & St Peter’s and Frimley Park Hospitals during the study.
Peter Hutley, the Chairman and founder of the HASTE charity said: “For decades the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation has been practiced but the causes remain to be researched.
“I am very pleased that there is now a new partnership in research between the University of Surrey and three local hospitals which reflects their dedication to research the cause of atrial fibrillation, a condition that results in such a high proportion of stroke cases in the nation’s hospitals.
“I am delighted to thank all those who have magnificently supported HASTE since its inception. In particular the stars who have appeared at the concerts that have been organised including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and so many others.”
Professor Fry added: “In Surrey, alone there are an estimated more than 4,000 people who have undiagnosed atrial fibrillation. With the help of HASTE our clinical and research teams, ably led by Dr Edward Leatham and Dr Rita Jabr, will conduct research into the cause of atrial fibrillation as well as its effects.
“We hope this will lead to improved detection and treatment that will reduce the number of devastating strokes.”
Notes to Editors:
HASTE was founded by Peter Hutley in 2001 with three consultants from Royal Surrey County Hospital, Drs Edward Leatham, Adrian Blight and Tom Foley.
Many world famous musicians who have appeared at fund-raising concerts that Mr Hutley has organised at Wintershall in surrey including: Eric Clapton, Roger Taylor, Ringo Starr, Gary Brooker, Mike Rutherford, The Jones Gang, Rory Bremner and Katie Melua. Thanks are also given to the many generous and silent donors.
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