A KIMBA man has been given the rare opportunity to participate in a clinical trial aimed at improving outcomes for heart attack patients in regional and remote areas.

Geoff Schubert is one of the first Australian patients to be treated as part of the trial,TREAT, which aims to investigate if a new anti-platelet drug can createbetter outcomes for heart attack patients.

The clinical trial is the largest global study ever performed involving regional heart attack patients.

The Australian arm of the trial has been launched by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and will assess if the guidelines for treatment of remotely-located heart attack patients should be changed.

The institute is working with regional and remote hospitals was well as city-based hospitals to recruit 200 patients to the trial.

The treatmentwill trialnew drug, Tricagrelor, to assess its safety for use within the first 24 hours after a heart attack.The clinical trial willrequire Mr Schubert to takethe study medication daily for 12 months with consultations at 30 days, six months and 12 months, post heart attack

After chest pain and an echocardiogram (ECG) at the Kimba Hospital showed he had suffered an heart attack, Mr Schubert said he was flown to Adelaide withthe Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Mr Schubert saidafter being treated and transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital he went on to have a stent successfully inserted in a coronary artery.

Mr Schubert said he was“very happy” to be given the unique opportunity to be a part of the trial which would examine how anti-platelet drugs could reduce the risk of future complications that follow heart attacks.

He said the trial was an opportunity for regionally-located patients to participate in research that could change the treatment for heart attack patients in the future.

“If it means that people like myself, who live in regional and remote areas, will receive the best health care after suffering a heart attack, then I will be very pleased.”

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