Recruitment success for cardiology studies at Wythenshawe Hospital

The cardiology research team at Wythenshawe Hospital have been successful in recruiting the first UK patient to not one, but two clinical studies.

The first study called OCTOBER, led locally by Dr Saqib Chowdhary, is investigating whether guidance by a scanning technique called optical coherence tomography (OCT), during treatment for narrowing of the coronary arteries, is more effective than standard treatment without the use of this scanning technique.

The second study called RESHAPE-HF2, led locally by Dr Mamta Buch, is investigating whether treating leaky mitral valves in the heart with a device called Mitraclip, if beneficial.

The mitral valve is most commonly leaky as a result of the main pumping chamber of the heart being enlarged. Making the valve less leaky may make the heart work more efficiently and effectively as more blood is pumped around the body instead of flowing back towards the lungs.

The RESHAPE-HF2 study is supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester.