Researchers from the University of South Australia are looking for women to be involved in a research project that is investigating the effect of exercise on cardiovascular health and function. The project proposes to assess heart function using new methods of heart ultrasound technology. The project will then investigate if exercise can improve or maintain these new parameters of heart function. 

You are eligible to participate if you fall into 1 of the following groups:

  • Aged 30-70 and have type 2 diabetes
  • Aged 30-70 and have high blood pressure
  • Are over 18 years of age and are scheduled to begin chemotherapy for breast cancer, and also have high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes

Only half of the participants recruited to this study will undergo exercise. If allocated to an exercise group, you will be involved in 8 weeks of aerobic exercise, performed 3 times per week for 30 minutes. All participants will also undergo 4 different testing sessions that include heart ultrasound, maximal exercise testing and possible blood sampling. The aim of this study is to assess how heart function changes over time in women undergoing chemotherapy, and women with no history of cancer, and to also see how this change in heart function differs between those who partake in the exercise program, compared to those who do not. All research will be performed at the University of South Australia City East Campus.

For any queries or for more information, or to sign-up to participate in this study, please contact unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au or ph: 8302 1365.

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