A goal of a new study on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will be to help pulmonary hypertension patients determine the proper amount of excercise that is best for them.
For sufferers of pulmonary arterial hypertension, maintaining healthy heart function isn't as simple as going for a jog every morning. Patients need to do all they can to slow damage to their heart, and exercise can potentially improve their quality of life, but too much exertion can also be dangerous.
A University of Wisconsin-Madison biomedical engineer and colleagues hope to clear up that uncertainty thanks to a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Naomi Chesler, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at UW-Madison, will investigate the relationships between small artery narrowing, large artery stiffening and their interactions with the right side of the heart in patients with PAH.