Support Tom’s research into ruling out heart attacks earlier

01.03.18 Categories: Staff stories,

Dr Tom Kaier, St Thomas’ Hospital, will be attempting the Coeur Blanc Challenge 2018 - to ski 52 lifts in a single day - a descent of roughly 15,000 metres! He is taking this on to raise funds for research into cMyC, a new blood test that could potentially rule out a heart attack in under 20 minutes. 

This could save the NHS millions of pounds each year by freeing up beds and sending patients who are well, home, meaning a decluttering of A&E departments throughout the UK.  

The blood test is technically easier to measure than cardiac Troponin (the current gold-standard), and the team should be able to test for cMyC reliably on a near-patient, handheld device. However, the expertise for this development is scarce and requires huge resource.   

Tom and his Team have won support from Coeur Blanc, an event established in 2008, to raise substantial funding for charities. Funds raised should enable the team to create a prototype and purchase devices for field testing. 

All donations will go Guy’s and St Thomas’ charity with any expenses associated with the event, including costs for the Ski Challenge, being covered by the participants.

To read more about the challenge and support Tom, please click here.    

Photo: Dr Tom Kaier (left) and Prof Mike Marber