World champion thanks ‘lifesaving’ study
A world champion powerlifter has credited a pioneering research study with saving his life. Alan Luker, 68, joined the REVIVED trial at St Thomas’ Hospital after having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted in 2013.
The study is assessing if patients with coronary artery disease benefit from having a stent inserted into their blocked artery. The multi-centre study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, recently recruited more than 400 patients out of 700.
Alan says: “Without the study I believe I’d be dead by now. I’m convinced both the stent and defibrillator have given me a quality of life I couldn’t have dreamed of.”