Recruiting for a new Kardiovize study starting now!

Thank you for your great interest, the study is already full.

Do you want to prevent the development of diabetes? Not satisfied with your weight? Are you not feeling well in your body? These three questions are part of the campaign for recruitment to a new project to support the right lifestyle, which will start during the holidays at the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC).

The pilot research project will be implemented by the Kardiovize research team, where scientists will focus on diseases associated with poor lifestyle. “We will first evaluate an individual’s current condition, such as physical activity, medical history, or eating habits, and use this information to determine the risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” said Juan Pablo Gonzalez Rivas, head of the research team. This will be followed by a consultation with a doctor, nutritionist and trainer in order to draw up a three-month individual plan. Its goal will be to motivate the patient to lose weight, and related improvements in glucose, lipids and blood pressure – in short, to improve his health and quality of life.

Anyone aged 25 to 75 years with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 kg / m2 and 40 kg / m2 can be included in the study. Determining the approximate BMI is simple, just a calculator. It is the ratio of weight and square root of height in meters. The pilot project will run for a total of six months, after a medical examination and examination by a nutritional therapist, the selected individuals will begin a lifestyle change program under the guidance of a specialized coach. Blood samples will also be taken during the study to measure blood fats and sugars.

“It is really a challenge for us, and if it succeeds on a local scale, we would like to expand this program for the entire Czech population. We want to help as many people as possible,” added Gonzalez Rivas.

Who we are looking for: people in the age 25–75 years, whose body mass index (BMI) value is in the range of 25 kg / m2 to 40 kg / m2 (BMI calculation: weight / square root of height in meters).

How will the project go? The project will last 6 months, during which time the selected candidates will undergo a medical examination and an examination by a nutrition therapist. After your first visit to the doctor, you should begin a lifestyle change program led by a lifestyle coach.
Meetings with the coach will take place weekly for three months and then every two weeks until the program is completed. In total it will be 16 sessions. Each session will last one hour at a time. You will receive discussion materials at each session. At home, you should record the amount of food and drink consumed, as well as the type of physical activity and its duration. Records should be kept throughout the project, ie 6 months.
During the study, blood samples will be taken to check your blood fats and sugars at baseline, after two months, and at the end of the study. If the test reveals high levels of blood pressure or blood fats, your doctor will recommend appropriate treatment in addition to lifestyle recommendations during the consultation.
Due to the current situation, which is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible to interview the coach, both in person and online.

For whom the project is not suitable: if you suffer (or have suffered) from any of these diseases, participation in the program is unfortunately not possible for you: proven diabetes, cancer, ischemic heart disease, stroke, angina pectoris, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure or kidney disease, other serious kidney disease, osteoarthritis of the knee, ankle or hip joint, moderate to severe lung disease, or other disease that prevents moderate physical activity. Participating in the project is also not suitable for you if you are taking certain medications, such as chemotherapy, blood thinners and medicines that affect body weight (for example, orlistat, pregabalin, etc.). Another exclusion criterion is pregnancy or pregnancy planning during the project, or if you know in advance that you will not be able to attend most sessions of the program.

Project start: June 2021 (recruitment), July (start of intervention)

Please note that once the capacity is filled, recruitment to the project will be completed.

How to apply for the project?
You can apply by phone at 543 185 592, 603 299 683 (on working days, between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm) or via the email address infokardiovize@fnusa.cz.

Thank you for your great interest, the study is already full.
We will be happy to answer any questions. From all applicants, applicants meeting the project criteria will be selected and subsequently invited to participate.

We are looking forward to collaborate with you.