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From Peking to Paris for SCAD research

Paul Rivlin, a supporter of our University, is embarking on the five week Endurance Rally Association Challenge, driving a 1935 Alvis Silver Eagle from Peking to Paris to raise money towards Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) research at the University.

Paul, a graduate of the University of Leicester, and his teammate Richard, will be driving the 13,500 kilometers (8,500 miles) from Beijing to Paris, through 13 different countries, in their vintage car named Emerald. They will travel through the Gobi Desert and across Siberia to raise money for research into this condition.

SCAD is an unpredictable condition with patients usually experiencing a sudden, unexpected heart attack. It is more common in women, in particular during or soon after pregnancy, but it can affect all age groups and is recognised as a cause of heart attacks in healthy young adults, men and women.

The SCAD UK and Europe research portal is an initiative of the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit and is part of an international collaboration of patients, doctors and scientists to undertake research into this condition. The research and clinical content is reviewed by a team led by Dr David Adlam, a senior lecturer in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences.

You can follow Paul’s journey with Emerald via his online blog or donate via his Just Giving page.

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