Volunteers sought for study into post heart attack exercise

14 September 2015

The University, in collaboration with the University of Kent and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, is undertaking series of studies to help find better ways of determining exercise intensity for people who have had heart attacks.

As part of the latest study the University is looking for volunteers to take a stationary cycle test. In particular the researchers would like to hear from men aged 50 to 75 years who are either:

  • Healthy, non-smoker and free of symptoms of heart disease and/or diabetes
  • Have suffered a heart attack in the last eight years.

Dr Kate Woolf-May, lead researcher for the study and Reader in Health and Clinical Exercise Sciences in the School of Human and Life Science at Christ Church, explained: “There is much to be learnt about the effect a heart condition has upon an individual’s exercise function and ability, which we know becomes altered post cardiac event or procedure. It seems exercise prescribed for rehabilitation for a healthy individual is not always appropriate for a cardiac patient.

“We are currently conducting a series of pilot studies, which has been spread over more than ten years, which will hopefully make exercise prescription for cardiac patients more efficient.

“So far our studies have shown that during exercise post-heart attack patients seem to be using a different energy system, which means they are using up more energy compared to healthy individuals when conducting the same amount of physical work.  For this current study we will be looking in greater depth into the physiology, by looking at blood measures which should allow us to gain a greater understanding of what is going on when post-cardiac patients exercise.”

If you are male, aged between 50 and 75 and are either a non-smoker, healthy and free of symptoms of heart disease and/or diabetes; or have had a heart-attack in the last eight years and would like to learn more about how you can help the research and take part please contact Dr Steve Meadows via email: s.meadows@kent.ac.uk or telephone: 01634 888811. All stationary cycle tests will be conducted in Canterbury, under the supervision of experts.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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Last edited: 04/12/2017 23:10:00