A MULTICENTER RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF EXERCISE IN AORTIC DISSECTION SURVIVORS
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Michigan have initiated a study to learn more about the mental and physical benefits of exercise in patients who survived a Type A or Type B aortic dissection.
Individuals who have had an aortic dissection and want to undertake regular exercise in a safe and supported way are encouraged to participate in the study.
To enroll, individuals must meet the following criteria:
Be at least 18 years of age
Have had a thoracic aortic dissection
Are physically able to do all the following exercises: arm curls, hand grips, run on a treadmill, bicycle, leg lifts while lying on back, wall sits
Have regular access to a treadmill or exercise bike that can be used for exercise
During the study, participants will be required to:
Wear a 24-hour blood pressure monitor at the beginning and end of the study
Have their blood pressure and hand grip strength measured
Complete online questionnaires
Exercise for 150 minutes/week, if assigned to the exercise group
The study will run for 12 months and involves attending two in-person study visits at one of the institutions listed above. Participants in the exercise group will also attend three virtual sessions that can be done from home.
Individuals in the exercise group only will need to have access to a treadmill or stationary bike – either at home or at a gym – and a device with a camera for attending virtual sessions (e.g., a phone, tablet, or computer).
Provided to Participants
The study team will provide compensation for each in-person attendance as well as exercise equipment for participants to use and keep if they are assigned to the exercise group.
Individuals who want to learn more about the study can email EXERCISESTUDY@UTH.TMC.EDU or contact the study’s research coordinators, Kayla House or Bansari Rajani at 713.500.5239.
Anyone interested in participating in the study can provide their contact info at HTTPS://BIT.LY/SIGNUPFOREXERCISE.