CHAMpS Study

The CHAMpS study aims to gain a better understanding of factors that impact a person’s risk for future stroke. Traditional risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels, provide us with a good idea of future stroke risk, but do not tell the whole story. Newer research suggests that people with poor artery health may also be experiencing “silent strokes” that result in deterioration of thinking and memory. These silent strokes can lead to higher risk of a full stroke in the future.

This study involves individuals with stroke and a comparison group of older adults without stroke. Simple, non-invasive tests are used to look at how much stiffness has occurred in a person’s arteries, and assessments of physical function and thinking abilities provide information about their mobility, activity levels, and brain health. These novel tests of artery health, physical mobility, and thinking ability will help provide a more complete picture of a person’s health and function.

Dr Ada Tang, physical therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, is the lead investigator. She is collaborating with Dr Maureen MacDonald and the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory to conduct these novel tests of vascular health and function, and Dr Jennifer Heisz of the Neurophysiology and Fitness Laboratory to examine the relationship between cognition and cardiovascular health in older adults with and without stroke.

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