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A pilot, feasibility study of exercise therapy for patients with coronary artery disease

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About this project

This is a mixed methods (including systemic literature review) PhD project on exercise therapy in patients with angina secondary to specific patterns of coronary atherosclerosis. Coronary heart disease is the number one killer in the UK, and there are currently 2.3 million people living with coronary heart disease. For those with stable angina, symptoms impact on quality of life and consideration is given to revascularisation with either coronary angioplasty or bypass graft surgery. However, due to anatomical complexities, full revascularisation is not always possible. These patients are known to have a worse prognosis than those with complete revascularisation1. We aim to evaluate the role of an exercise therapy in two specific groups of patients: 1) those with incomplete revascularisation and 2) those with single vessel disease with a chronic total coronary occlusion. Outcomes measures would include; treadmill walking distances including time to ECG changes, disease specific and generic quality of life, markers of endothelial and platelet dysfunction and cardio-respiratory fitness. The student would be responsible for obtaining approvals, recruitment, intervention and follow up.

This project is suitable for a student with quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in the health / biomedical sciences – including allied health, sports science etc). The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to expand quantitative skills and gain experience with standard patient-reported outcome measures and clinical trials. 

Supervisors

Supervisor 1. Dr Angela Hoye, Academic Cardiology, A.Hoye@hull.ac.uk 

Co-supervisor 1. Prof Ian Chetter, Academic Vascular Surgical Unit, Ian.Chetter@hey.nhs.uk

Co-Supervisor 2. Prof Lee Ingle, Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, l.ingle@hull.ac.uk

Next steps

Funding

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,121 in 2016/17) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

This project is suitable for a student with quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in the health / biomedical sciences – including allied health, sports science etc). The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to expand quantitative skills and gain experience with standard patient-reported outcome measures and clinical trials. 

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 8th May 2017 at the latest.

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How to apply

Applications should be made through the HYMS web site stating the project title and supervisor’s name.

Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Research options:

PhD: 4 years (full-time)

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.