Effect of exercise therapy on functional capacity and cardiovascular function/risk in patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm

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Effect of exercise therapy on functional capacity and cardiovascular function/risk in patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm

Title of Project

Effect of exercise therapy on functional capacity and cardiovascular function/risk in patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm

Name of Advisor/s

Associate Professor Anthony Leicht & Professor Jonathan Golledge

College

College of Healthcare Sciences

Summary of Project

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a common problem in adults aged >60 years. Currently the only recognised treatment for AAA is surgery, however, early elective surgery has been demonstrated to be inappropriate for patients with small aneurysms. Past studies have reported that supervised exercise is safe and valuable for patients with early stage aneurysms. The current project will assess the effect of supervised resistance exercise on patient quality of life, functional capacity and cardiovascular function and risk. This project offers the opportunity of identifying an effective therapy for a common and potentially devastating condition.

Key Words

exercise, vascular disease, resistance training, quality of life, arterial stiffness, heart rate variability

Would suit an applicant who

Has experience with exercise assessment and prescription, chronic conditions/diseases, and statistical analyses.