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Are you running your first marathon and would like to take part in research?

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Professor Sanjay Sharma, Medical Director of the London Marathon, is leading a heart research study. If you have entered the ballot for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon, are between the ages of 18 and 35 and if you have never run a Marathon before, we invite you to participate.

The heart research study is being conducted by St George's, University of London in collaboration with the Barts Heart Centre. It is an opportunity to undergo free and comprehensive heart MOTs, which would otherwise cost over £2,000 if done privately. You will also be able to see how much your peak fitness improves as a result of your training.

Cardiac Risk in the Young and the British Heart Foundation are funding the research. The study is recruiting healthy men and women aged between 18 and 35 years running their first marathon. It is a relatively safe and non-invasive study and involves no experimental drugs or procedures. Participants in the study would be invited to three hospital visits: the first in mid-late October 2015, the second in early-mid May 2016 and the third in late July 2016. The tests include heart tracings, heart ultrasound scans, exercise fitness tests (VO2 max), blood tests and heart MRI scans. Information leaflets can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/firsttimemarathonstudy/

The Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology at St George's Hospital is currently researching the cardiac effects of high intensity exercise on heart muscle structure. They are enrolling healthy men and women between the ages of 18 to 35 years of age who currently exercise less than two hours/week but plan to run a Marathon.

Participants should have no history of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol. The study involves three visits each lasting approximately 3 hours to the Barts Heart Centre which is based at the West Smithfield campus. If you are interested and would like to know more, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/firsttimemarathonstudy/ or email Dr Andrew D'Silva MBBS BSc MRCP on first.time.marathon.study@gmail.com .

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