Finger on the pulse of blood vessel disease

JCU clinical researcher Elise Wimberley is conducting a pilot study to develop early diagnosis of different types of vascular disease.

She is calling on healthy, aged 60-plus Townsville residents to participate in a trial of a high-tech new machine, the EndoPAT, which places sensing probes on participants’ fingers.

The EndoPAT measures blood vessel function, by restricting blood flow for short periods to measure the blood flow response of the fingers’ blood vessels.

“It’s a new piece of equipment with the potential to detect those with vascular disease from those with healthy blood vessels,” Ms Wimberley said.

“The study will examine factors determining dysfunction of blood vessels, including factors circulating in the blood via an associated blood test.

“We are looking for anyone who is over the age of 60 with no known cardiovascular disease that would be interested in being involved in a non-invasive test blood test.”

Ms Wimberley said the study had the potential to indicate whether a patient had cardiovascular disease, including ischemic heart disease and other blood vessel problems.

“This is new research being carried out at the Vascular Biology Unit, School of Medicine and Institute of Sport Science in Townsville. The instrument has been little assessed in the setting of disease affecting the peripheral blood vessels.”

The test would run for less than two hours, and was not stressful or harmful, she said.

The equipment and type of research has not been conducted in Townsville before, but the Endo-PAT is part of a larger pilot study which will run for three years in Townsville, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

Testing will take place at the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, JCU Douglas campus, Nursing Sciences lab DB025-004, at a time arranged by the researcher.

If you are able to take part, or for more information, contact 4781 4371 or email: [email protected]


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