CardiacCOVID Study close to publishing 1-year outcomes

CardiacCOVID Study close to publishing 1-year outcomes

Barts-CardiacCOVID Study

The CardiacCovid study, run at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, is looking at how patients recover from cardiac surgery carried out during the pandemic. This has included cardiothoracic surgery, with a number of participants having had emergency aortic dissection surgery. As of early March 2022 the 1-year follow-up of all the participants in the study has been completed. The study team are now looking at all of the data.

The results of the study from patients who had surgery in the first wave of the pandemic are being presented at the:

  • Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) 2022 conference (Tuesday 10th May), and a scientific paper is in preparation.
  • Cardiovascular Care Partnership (CCPUK) patient day at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) annual meeting (Tuesday 7th June), also including the great patient and public involvement (PPI) in this study.

The study team also recently published an editorial exploring the lack of women included in cardiovascular trials, which originated from discussions with the study’s Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) partners – https://academic.oup.com/eurjcn/article-abstract/20/7/629/6357313.

We would like to thank all participants for taking part in the study and Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland for their ongoing support of this work.

Gareth Owens, Chair of Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland said

“COVID-19 dominated the news in healthcare for much of 2020 and created many challenges in cardiac surgery, for healthcare professionals and their patients. As a full partner in the CardiacCovid research project, the national patient association AD Awareness UK & Ireland are delighted by the quality of the research, the number of patients enrolled in the study and what we are learning from their experience of recovering from cardiac surgery during the COVID pandemic. This will help us improve care for all cardiac surgery patients in future. This study is an example of patient-focused research at its best.”

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October 2021 Newsletter

National patient association partners in TRAVERSING study of Aortic emergencies pathway

National patient association partners in TRAVERSING study of Aortic emergencies pathway

TRAVERSING: TRansfer of thoracic Aortic Vascular Emergencies to Regional Specialist INstitutes Group

Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland and the THINK AORTA campaign are partnered with experts in the TRAVERSING research group to undertake a national study of the acute aortic syndrome patient pathway, from the point of diagnosis to arrival of the patient in a specialist aortic centre for treatment.

As the voice of patients and relatives affected by Aortic Dissection in the UK, we welcome this expert-led, evidence-based, national study of how to improve patient care and transfer. It is exactly the sort of national, research-led initiative that we have been asking for.

The project starts with a Delphi study to examine the patient pathway and develop a consensus on the transfer of patients with confirmed acute aortic syndrome from diagnosis until their arrival at the specialist centre providing definitive management (‘aortic centre’).

We would like to ask all clinicians in the UK with an interest or involvement in acute aortic syndrome to participate in the Delphi survey, in order to ensure that your views are included in the development of a national consensus for this important patient pathway.

Please click here to access the Delphi questionnaire:

TRAVERSING Delphi Questionnaire

Thank you in advance for your help, which will improve care for aortic patients.

Gareth Owens

Chair

Gordon McManus

Head of Research

Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland

Aortic dissection survivor appointed as Head of Research by national patient association

Aortic dissection survivor appointed as Head of Research by national patient association

National patient association Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland is delighted to announce that we recently appointed Dr. Gordon McManus as Head of Research.

Gordon is a patient who survived a Type A Aortic Dissection and emergency surgery at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 2017. He has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and works as a Director of Research in the oil industry, based in London. This combination of lived patient experience of AD and professional research skills make him ideal for the role.

Last year, Gordon was a member of our patient research team which played a leading role in the Department of Health & Social Care’s priority-setting workshop for UK AD research. This resulted in an expert/patient consensus on the national research priorities for Aortic Dissection, which DHSC documented and sent to the relevant funding bodies, to inform their grant-making decisions. We are delighted that, to date, NIHR and EPSRC have both made significant awards to AD research proposals that align with the agreed priorities in this patient-led national research agenda. We expect more to follow.

Gordon McManus
Gordon McManus

Currently, as the national patient association for AD, we are partnered in 16 research projects with 11 different research institutions. Almost 200 of our 700 members have been involved in these research projects in some way. We expect this involvement to grow as the agreed UK AD research priorities turn into more funded projects. As Head of Research, Gordon will oversee this research portfolio, our research partnerships, how we work with researchers and the allocation of our patient resources to existing and new research projects. He will also grow our research team. In this regard, Prof. Rob Sayers, George Davies Chair of Vascular Surgery at the University of Leicester, who joined us as our Medical Advisor (Vascular Surgery) in April, will also join our research team, supporting Gordon and the Association with his clinical and research expertise.

As we grow our research capability as the national patient association for AD, we invite clinicians and researchers to introduce themselves to Gordon and build a relationship with him in his new role. We believe that by partnering in research aligned to the agreed national priorities, we can turn Aortic Dissection from a cardiovascular catastrophe into a preventable disease.

Gordon can be contacted via e-mail at: research@aorticdissectionawareness.org

This press release can be downloaded as a pdf here

First-ever patient-led abstract presented at SCTS

First-ever patient-led abstract presented at SCTS

RESTORE Study Infographic

Today, AD Awareness UK & Ireland is proud to publish the first-ever patient-led abstract accepted as a poster presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in GB & Ireland. The abstract for the RESTORE study was produced by patient members of the Association, as part of a research collaboration with Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science.

Download the Infographic here

Barts CardiacCOVID Study Reaches 1-year Milestone

Barts CardiacCOVID Study Reaches 1-year Milestone

Barts-CardiacCOVID Study

The Cardiac COVID study run by Barts NHS Health Trust has reached its one year milestone.  Starting in March 2020 just as the first COVID lockdown began, the study is looking at how patients recover from cardiac surgery carried out during the pandemic.  This has included cardiothoracic surgery, with a number of participants having had emergency aortic dissection surgery.

Patients are being studied from one week up to one year after their surgery to find out their quality of life and any other issues around having the surgery during a pandemic.

262 patients have given feedback.  Participants who were there at the outset are now being followed up at their one year point.

Two scientific publications are already in the pipeline, with the first accepted for presentation at the 2021 Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery meeting. See our page on #SCTS2021 for more information.  A later presentation is planned for the EuroHeartCare conference in June.

Gareth Owens, Chair of Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland said “COVID-19 dominated the news in healthcare for much of 2020 and created many challenges in cardiac surgery, for healthcare professionals and their patients.  The CardiacCOVID study was set up very quickly to understand the impact on patients of having cardiac surgery during the pandemic.

“As a full partner in this research project, AD Awareness UK & Ireland is contributing strongly to the Steering Group and the PPI (Patient & Public Involvement) Group.  I and my team are delighted by the quality of the research, the number of patients enrolled in the study and what we are learning from their experience of cardiac surgery during the COVID pandemic. This will help us improve care for all cardiac surgery patients in future.  This study is an example of patient-focused research at its best.”

 

The video from #ADAD20 describing the study

Read the full Newsletter by Cardiac-COVID study Associate Director of Clinical Research, Ms. Tootie Bueser – including how to get in contact if you would like to help

Professor Aung Oo, Clinical Lead for Aortovascular Surgery at Barts

Professor Julie Sanders, Chief Investigator for the study

AD Awareness UK & Ireland Chair Gareth Owens

Aortic Dissection – UK Research Workshop

Aortic Dissection – UK Research Workshop

On 11th December 2020, Aortic Dissection Awareness UK&I were delighted to attend and present at a national Aortic Dissection Research Priorities workshop, commissioned by Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, after our meeting with him to highlight the issue of AD.

The workshop was attended by many leading experts in the field of Aortic Dissection, from both research and clinical practice. Members of AD Awareness UK&I also attended and put the patient voice front and centre of the workshop, supported by expert representatives from Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, Imaging and Diagnostics, Cardiology, Biochemistry, Cardiac & Vascular Surgery and Bioengineering.

 The workshop proved highly successful and a report on the proceedings is currently in preparation. Once issued, it will inform both researchers and funders, so that more high-quality, high-priority research that directly benefits patients can be funded and progressed.

Our input from the patient standpoint sought to ensure that research priorities are focused around the key issues that matter to patients and which will deliver early and significant patient benefits. These include process innovation, service improvement and national implementation of best practice, to address the problems of diagnosis and unwarranted regional variations in care and outcomes, which are sadly all too common and currently cost patients their lives.

We are grateful to the Secretary of State and to NIHR for organising this workshop, to the experts who attended and contributed strongly, and to the funders who will receive the results and act on them in order to deliver more high-priority research in Aortic Dissection.  We are confident that as we all work together on the identified research priorities, we can create transformational changes in Aortic Dissection care and outcomes for the future.