Graduate Research School For Candidates Prospective Candidates Available Projects 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 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.
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.