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Exercise Your Brain Study Recruitment

1/12/2017

Learn more about the study in a segment from WSYR's Bridge Street

For more information about the Exercise Your Brain Study, please call (315) 443-4540 or email wleffert@syr.edu.

The Department of Exercise Science at Syracuse University’s School of Education is embarking on a new research study funded by the American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine. The Exercise Your Brain Study will compare how acute exercise affects the blood vessels and brain in middle-aged adults who use medication to control their blood pressure to adults with normal blood pressure. The goal of the study is to improve our understanding of the role exercise plays in improving the health and function of the blood vessels and brain in adults who use medication to control their blood pressure.

The Exercise Your Brain Study is an ongoing 2 year project that targets middle-aged adults (45-64 years old) who use medication to control their blood pressure, or have normal blood pressure. Participants will be compensated with a stipend up to $45.00 and free information regarding their cardiovascular health status.

The study consists of three appointments at the Human Performance Laboratory at Syracuse University. Visit one consists of a comprehensive health screening, after which participants will be given a blood pressure and physical activity monitor to use for a week.  The second visit consists of practicing some cognitive tests and performing an exercise test to determine their fitness.  In the final visit participants’ blood pressure and brain function will be measured before and after moderate exercise.  Participants will spend approximately 4 hours at the college over the course of 3 visits.

Wesley Lefferts, Principal Investigator for this study, American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and PhD candidate in Exercise Science at Syracuse University states “we often refer to exercise as “medicine” because of the widespread beneficial effects it has on the body, and in particular the blood vessels and brain.  However, not all people respond to “medicine” in the same way.  Adults using medication to control their blood pressure may respond differently to exercise and this may alter how their brain responds to exercise.  This study will be one of the first to address if a single bout of exercise impacts the blood vessels and brain similarly in middle-aged adults who use medication to control their blood pressure compared to those with normal blood pressure.”

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