Cardiovascular study

Effect of blood pressure on arterial function and cardiac risk

Take part in this study to determine heart attack or stroke risk

We are looking for healthy men who are aged 30-60 with no history of cardiovascular disease and not currently taking medication for cardiovascular disease.

What does the study involve?

The large arteries of the neck will be scanned using an ultrasound machine. This is a non-invasive technique meaning we will not break the skin or have you take any medications. It is routinely used in the hospital to predict the risk of stroke. There should be no pain but you may feel pressure on the neck. Your hand will then be submerged in icy-cold water for three minutes and the carotid arteries scanned throughout. The whole process will take 15 minutes. Your blood pressure and heart rate will be measured non-invasively throughout using a cuff on the arm and a small amount of blood will be taken from your arm, used to measure the amount of cholesterol in your blood. This will be used together with your blood pressure, heart rate and health questionnaire to calculate your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Further information

To find out more about this study, take a look at the participant information sheet.