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Course: MPhil

Title: Does Military Combat-related Traumatic Injury Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

It was huge honour and unforgettable experience to be part of the ADVANCE Study conducted by the Ministry of Defense and supported by BU, Kings and Imperial Colleges.

This unique study compares 750 combat related traumatically injured soldiers with a frequency matched control cohort of uninjured soldiers in a longitudinal study over 20 years.

I analysed the baseline data of the first 800 participants utilising novel pulse wave analytics such as arterial stiffness and pulse wave velocity to determine if there are alternative cardiovascular risk factors and biomarkers that could be identified early to mitigate development of cardiovascular disease.

An independent prescriber pharmacist with a special interest in blood pressure and preventative cardiovascular (CV) disease management, I developed a portal that integrates modern CV and spirometry technologies. Vascular health, AF and myocardial oxygen viability are measured. Patient involvement supports understanding of long-term conditions, thereby empowering the patient to take control of self-care improving adherence to treatment and lifestyle modifications.

The portal allows pharmacy interaction with GP practices while populating practice medical records and personal patient profiles with advanced health data, accessible on an app.

My research project prepared me for the journey of implementing advanced digitised technologies in everyday primary health care.

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