International Clinical Trials Day 2016 - Peter's story
Peter was at a wedding enjoying a walk in the
sunshine when the weather suddenly changed for the worse and he had
to rush to shelter. When he got back to the hotel, the Denton
resident realised that he had quite severe chest pains.
The retired McVitie's worker, known as 'Penguin Pete,'
visited his doctor who gave him a spray treatment to help reduce
The 64-year-old explains more about his role in research
at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation
Two years after I visited my doctor, I was in Debdale Park
chasing the ducks with my granddaughter when my chest pains
I was referred to Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) where I
underwent tests on a treadmill. Apparently most patients can walk
on the exercise machine for around seven minutes, but I only lasted
for three minutes!
I had stress echocardiography, also called a heart ultrasound,
and discovered that two of my arteries were fully blocked and one
of them was tapered at one end, which doctors told me was ischemia
of the heart.
I was invited to take part in a research study, led by Dr Helen
Dormand, Consultant Cardiologist at MRI.
The study compares two standard treatments for ischemia of the
heart to establish which one is better, optimal medical treatment
versus Angiogram with stents or bypass surgery alongside optimal
The treatment options were explained and made very simple for me
to understand. I was well informed at every stage and offered CT
angiogram as part of the study to ensure safety and eligibility to
take part in the study which was even more reassuring.
It was made clear that, taking part in the study was voluntary
and I could withdraw at any stage. I was happy and pleased to know
that I am closely monitored by the research team throughout the
I cannot thank the research team at MRI enough - they have
helped me every step of the way and have advised, educated and
reassured me throughout the process.
Each of my visits has been handled efficiently and with care. I
have completed a number of questionnaires that the research nurses
have helped me to understand.
Everything has been made very convenient for me. I now have
regular advice regarding exercise, my diet and changes I need to
make to improve my health
As a result of being on the study, doctors identified that I
needed to have quadruple bypass surgery - Professor Daniel Keenan
did the honours, he went for the 'round robin' as I like to call
I was in hospital for about a week recovering following the
operation. Then doctors told me I could go home, as long as there
was someone there to look after me and luckily my wife and
mother-in-law were both able to take care of me.
I was afraid in the beginning because my dad died following a
heart attack, but he did not look after himself properly and there
were preventative steps he could have taken to help him, such as
exercise and taking his medication.
I am doing as the doctors tell me and concentrating on my
exercise regimes and physiotherapy including with cardio and
The surgery and recovery process have been pain free and made a
lot easier by the fantastic research staff at Manchester Heart
I was worried about what was going to happen to me but the team,
including research nurses, Laurel Kolakaluri and Thabitha Charles,
have been absolute angels and after just a week of being in their
care I wondered what on earth I was worried about in the first
As a former builder, people put their trust in me with their
most prized possession but now I have been able to do the same and
built a wonderful relationship with the research nurses here. This
experience has led me to believe that research is very important as
it improves treatment outcomes and patient experience.
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