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    Gérard Houllier, former Liverpool Club Manager at the opening of the new cardiovascular centre. Pic Credit: Liverpool University

Centre for Cardiovascular Science Opens in Liverpool

Oct 11 2018 Read 311 Times

Gérard Houllier, former Liverpool Club Manager returned to the city on Friday Oct 2, to help launch a new collaborative research initiative to improve the heart health of the Liverpool region.

The University of Liverpool has partnered with the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Health Partners to create the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science (LCCS).

The City has an unenviable record of some of the poorest heart health in the country, with the highest levels of cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as associated health inequalities and the new centre aims to address this through the development and application of collaborative research and innovation in cardiovascular science.

Nearly 200 people attended the launch, which took place at Liverpool Town Hall on the eve of World Heart Day. Speakers included Mr Houllier, LCCS director Professor Gregory Lip and Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

Professor Lip, an internationally renowned clinical researcher with a major interest into atrial fibrillation (AF), said: “This is a very exciting collaboration with the potential to make a major positive impact on the heart health of the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

“A key focus of our research interests will be to reduce the number of preventable cardiovascular disease deaths by identifying people at risk and devising treatment strategies earlier rather than later.”

In 2001 Mr Houllier was rushed to hospital to undergo emergency heart surgery at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital after suffering chest pains during midway through a match at Anfield.

Speaking at the event Mr Houllier said the centre is “bringing together the best minds” to improve cardiovascular disease detection and treatment. He also said that as a former football manager he particularly liked the collaborative nature of the initiative, adding that “we all know that we win as a team, but we lose alone.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Cardiovascular disease is a huge issue for many people in our city region, killing thousands and reducing the quality of life for many more, so this exciting new centre is a cause for real hope and celebration.”

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