Research Departments Physiology 20210304 PhD degree for Esmee Bakker
4 March 2021

Esmée Bakker successfully defended her thesis entitled " How to Improve Cardiovascular Health in Healthy Individuals and Cardiovascular Disease Patients: Effects of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior". On the intranet you can read more about this thesis.

Outline of this thesis
This dissertation examines how much and what kind of exercise improves health. In addition, it establishes how much healthy individuals and patients with cardiovascular disease sit per day. The research on exercise showed that: 1) already less than 1 hour per week of strength training had positive effects on the body, 2) the relationship between exercise and health differed between healthy persons and persons with cardiovascular disease, and 3) improvement of physical fitness in persons with heart failure was related to fewer hospitalizations and death. In addition, it appears that adults sit a lot (±9 hours/day) and that the number of sitting hours was higher in persons with cardiovascular disease (±10 hours/day). The high number of sitting hours did become slightly lower after attending cardiac rehabilitation, but the effect was limited. This dissertation shows that moving is important to improve health and that less sitting can possibly contribute extra to an improved health.

Esmée Bakker (1992) obtained her master degree in Biomedical Sciences from Radboud University in 2016. She conducted the above research at the Department of Physiology at Radboudumc and Liverpool John Moores University. During her PhD research she collaborated with researchers and clinicians in the Netherlands and abroad. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Physiology of the Radboudumc.

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