Cardiovascular and Exercise Science
Cardiovascular disease is widely recognized as the leading cause of death worldwide. Coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects blood flow to the heart, is the most common among several types of heart conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites the practice of healthy living habits, chiefly physical activity, as the primary mode of preventing heart disease.
In line with CDC recommendations, the American College of Sports Medicine has created the Exercise is Medicine global health initiative, which encourages primary care physicians and other healthcare providers to include physical activity as part of treatment plans for CAD and other chronic health conditions, and to refer patients to qualified exercise professionals who can oversee treatment.
Faculty researchers in the College of Health Sciences investigating cardiovascular disease and exercise science are contributing to the body of knowledge within these fields, and have many specializations including resistance training and effects on body composition; cardiovascular health and rehabilitation; impact of physical activity on blood flow; and the effects of physical activity on special populations, including cancer patients and cancer survivors.
CHS Leaders in Cardiovascular Disease and Exercise Science
Dr. Alvaro Gurovich, PT, PhD, FACSM
Professor of Physical Therapy and Movement Sciences
Chair, Dept. of Physical Therapy and Movement Sciences
Director, Clinical Applied Physiology Lab
Specialization: Clinical applied physiology; cardiovascular health and rehabilitation; vascular response to external stimuli; exercise-induced blood flow patterns
Dr. Kisuk Min
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Director, Muscle Molecular Physiology Laboratory
Specialization: Effects of exercise training on chemotherapy-induced muscle dysfunction; identification of the molecular mechanisms that protect cardiac and skeletal muscle against myopathy
Dr. Camila Torriani-Pasin
Assoc. Professor of Physical Therapy and Movement Sciences
Specialization: Physical activity and sedentary behavior in neurological populations
Dr. Cynthia Wittenburg
Asst. Professor of Instruction, Public Health Sciences
Specialization: Exercise regimes during and after cancer treatment; exercise and neuropathy