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Saving Lives: Lowering Blood Pressure

Organized by: Ben Gordon

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THE STORY:

Hello,

My name is Ben Gordon and I am a doctoral student in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am working with Emily Zacherle a master’s student in Applied Kinesiology and a colleague of mine on this project.

We are working on a research program to lower blood pressure in both older and younger populations with and without hypertension. High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for the number one cause of death worldwide: cardiovascular disease. Current adherence to lifestyle modifications and medications is extremely low, due to inconvenience, cost, and unwanted side effects. 

Our research will provide a simple isometric (the muscle doesn’t change length) exercise program for individuals with both high and normal blood pressure, which requires less than 15 minutes/day and 3 days/week! It can be done anywhere, and anytime! The purpose of our research is to determine the effects of isometric exercise (using a cheap hand grip device or by performing leg lifts) on blood pressure and to determine the sex and age related differences associated with these outcomes. We are currently exploring a novel technique of blood flow changes both at the surface of the skin, and in muscle using near-infrared spectroscopy, and thermal imaging. Finally with hope of combating the diabetes epidemic we are investigating if there is a relationship with glucose tolerance and this type of exercise, similar to aerobic or cardiovascular training. 

We are currently raising money to help us fund this graduate research project.  Please help us educate, and save lives!

Respectfully,

Ben and Emily

All donations will be used for the administration of this study; donors will not be reimbursed or given any form of monetary payment throughout the course of the study or after its completion.

 

$730

 

15% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Tricia Thompson

    $50

  • Angela Pridmore

    $25

  • Cameron Dole

    $25

  • Mama Dole

    $25

  • Mike, Chris, Nick & Hailey Sonnenberg

    $40

  • Red & Holly

    $25

  • Barbara Zamora

    $30

  • Sean Chiplock

    $100

  • Gail and George Robinson

    $150

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Colucci Family

    $40

  • Sullivan Family

    $20

  • Jamie and Keith Hutcheson

    $100

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Donor Comments

Jamie and Keith Hutcheson

Jamie and Keith Hutcheson

DONATION: $100

Love you guys! Keep up the good work!!! 3 years ago

Sullivan Family

Sullivan Family

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

The Colucci Family

The Colucci Family

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Gail and George Robinson

Gail and George Robinson

DONATION: $150

I know you'll do great things! 3 years ago

Sean Chiplock

Sean Chiplock

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Barbara Zamora

Barbara Zamora

DONATION: $30

Good luck to you! 3 years ago

Red & Holly

Red & Holly

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Mike, Chris, Nick & Hailey Sonnenberg

Mike, Chris, Nick & Hailey Sonnenberg

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Mama Dole

Mama Dole

DONATION: $25

Great research topic Ben! 3 years ago

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