Physical Therapy students seek participants for cardiovascular disease research

The Department of Physical Therapy is conducting a research study to assess the fatigue experienced by people 18 years and older who have cardiovascular disease. The Fatigue Assessment Scale, the World Health Organization Quality of Life Brief and a short survey collecting demographic information will be combined into a single survey that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If someone you know is interested in participating and feel that they meet the criteria listed, have them complete the survey below.

Inclusion criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Diagnosis of stroke, heart attack, valvular heart disease, arterial disease, heart failure, aneurysm, venous disease, cardiomyopathy, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis or any other heart disease

Exclusion criteria:

  • Cognitive disorders/neurological conditions that may prevent a participant from reading, understanding and/or signing a consent form or filling out the given survey independently
  • Any comorbidity that affects the energy levels of an individual such as but not limited to, a current diagnosis of cancer, certain autoimmune disorders, kidney or liver disease, and anemia
  • Those that have a caretaker or live in an assisted living facility where they are given assistance for activities of daily living

Contact the head researcher, Dr. Elizabeth Tew, at or student researcher, Kirk Reisner, at with any questions regarding the study.