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A University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) postgraduate student has presented her research on improving people’s heart and lung health to clinicians and scientists at one of the world’s most respected cardiovascular disease prevention conferences.

Cindy Lim, who is a physiotherapist based at the Singapore Heart Foundation and one of UCS’s first international Masters’ students studying Exercise Medicine, shared her work at EuroPrevent 2018, the European Congress on Preventive Cardiology, held in Slovenia in April.

She specifically chose UCS to work with local Professor of Applied Exercise Science, John Buckley, who has an international reputation in exercise and cardiovascular health, which relates to the circulatory system, comprising the heart and blood vessels.

Experts from around the globe heard from Cindy on the beneficial effects that a circulation therapy known as External Counter Pulsation (ECP) has on lung function.

ECP has already been proven to improve the functioning of the blood vessels of the heart, and Prof Buckley is now looking at wider applications for the therapy including pre and post-surgery, sports training recovery, lung disease, and its effects on circulation blockages in the blood vessels of the leg called Intermittent Claudication. As a result of this, Prof Buckley has recently started collaborating with Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Vascular Surgeon, Steven Jones and head of research, Dr Nigel Capps.

Cindy said: “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share the findings of my research with other researchers and clinicians at the conference. The comments and insights given during the presentation have given me new perspectives on the application of ECP therapy. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Professor Buckley for his support and guidance.”

Prof Buckley said: “I’m extremely proud of Cindy’s work thus far, and in my 30 years of academic work, she’s certainly one of the brightest and most dedicated postgraduate students with whom I have ever worked.

“The results she has reported have helped us greatly in attracting further interest from clinical and medical scientists, both nationally and internationally. This is certainly the type of work and reputation we’re keen to create at UCS, highlighting what we can offer to prospective students and research clients alike.”

The UCS research funding and ECP devices are provided through a partnership project sponsored by Renew® Health, an award-winning, connected health medtech company established in 2014 in Ireland, which is committed to delivering exciting advanced health and wellbeing solutions.

Renew® ECP therapy is administered while the individual is lying down. Inflatable cuffs (similar to blood pressure cuffs) are wrapped around the calves, thighs and hips. During treatment, the cuffs sequentially inflate and deflate in time with each heartbeat. The inflation of the cuffs literally massages blood from the lower legs up toward the heart and to all major organs, thus instantly boosting blood flow around the body.

For more information on how Renew® ECP therapy works and where to receive treatment, visit www.renewtherapy.co.uk or email info@renewhealth.eu.

EuroPrevent 2018, the European Congress on Preventive Cardiology took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 19 to 21 April. For further details go to: www.escardio.org/Congresses-%26-Events/EuroPrevent.

Further information on UCS is available at: www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk.

 

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