Heart patients needed for exercise study

An older man standing in a pool with a younger woman and man kneeling next to him at the edge of the pool.
Herbert Auchli takes a break during his exercise program with physiotherapist and Curtin University PhD student, Anna Scheer and FSH Head of Exercise Physiology and principal investigator, Andrew Maiorana.
February 28, 2018

Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) researchers are currently recruiting for a new study to assess the impact of exercise on coronary heart disease patients.

FSH Head of Exercise Physiology and principal investigator, Andrew Maiorana, said they were trying to find the most effective ways to engage coronary patients in exercise.

“Exercise is really good for heart disease. If we can determine the best way to maintain good overall health and fitness, then we can encourage our cardiac patients to get moving,” Andrew said. 

Physiotherapist and Curtin University PhD student, Anna Scheer, is leading the pool-based exercise sessions.

“We are comparing pool-based exercise, gym exercise and participants continuing their usual activity to see if there are any changes with fitness, strength, body composition, artery health, blood test results and brain blood flow,” she said.

Anna said the study, which is funded with a grant from the Spinnaker Research Foundation, is recruiting patients over 18 years of age who have had a cardiac episode.

“We are looking for people who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, with a previous heart attack, stent or coronary artery bypass graft surgery, who are willing to commit to a 12 week program,” she said.

77 year old Riverton resident, Herbert Auchli, has recently joined the study following a heart scare almost three years ago.

“I thought I had really bad indigestion. After a trip to the health clinic and an ambulance to FSH, I ended up having three stents inserted into a blocked artery,” he said.

Herbert has always been interested in research, so he jumped at the opportunity and encourages others to do the same.

“Research is an important part of our society. I am doing something for the community by doing something for myself and am really enjoying the program so far,” he said.

The study is in collaboration with FSH, Curtin University, The University of Western Australia and Royal Perth Hospital.

For further information or to enrol in the study email anna.scheer@postgrad.curtin.edu.au or phone 0434 129 453.