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Keep Your Heart Running Study Recruitment Underway
The Department of Exercise Science in the School of Education and Department of Echocardiography at SUNY Upstate Medical University are embarking on a new research study that will examine the sex differences in the effect of endurance exercise on the heart and blood vessels in middle-aged adults.
The goal of the study is to improve understanding of the role of long-term endurance exercise in improving the health and function of the heart in men and women who regularly participate in marathons.
The Keep Your Heart Running Study is an ongoing project that targets middle-aged adults (35-50 years old) who regularly participate in marathons or who are healthy and do not run marathons. Participants will be compensated with a stipend up to $25 and free information regarding their cardiovascular health, fitness and body composition status.
The study consists of three appointments at the Human Performance Laboratory at Syracuse University and one visit to SUNY Upstate Medical University for a non-invasive scan of your heart. The first visit consists of a comprehensive health screening, after which participants will be given a blood pressure, heart rate and physical activity monitor to use for a week. The second visit consists of performing an exercise test to determine fitness levels. At the third visit, participants will perform a moderate 30 minute run/walk in the laboratory. For the final visit, participants will have the opportunity to have a three-dimensional echocardiography scan of their heart. Participants will spend approximately four hours over the course of four visits.
Jacqueline Augustine, the principal investigator for this study, is a Ph.D. candidate in exercise science at the University. “This study will be one of the first to examine sex differences in cardiovascular adaptations to chronic endurance exercise training,” Augustine says.
For more information about this study, call 315.443.4540 or email Jaimse@syr.edu.