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Cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiometabolic health research by EDU Tutor

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EDU is once again proud to be represented in the academic and research world through one of our very own educators, Dr. Jose Pantaleon Hernández, EDU Tutor since 2020 and doctor in clinical epidemiology.  

Dr. Hernández recently published a study on cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiometabolic health, in collaboration with researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (USA), Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health (USA), St Anne’s University Hospital (Czech Republic), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Los Andes (Venezuela) and the Foundation for Clinic, Public Health, and Epidemiology Research of Venezuela.  

The publication Prediction of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Czech Adults: Normative Values and Association with Cardiometabolic Health, intends to expose the relevance of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) as an independent predictor of mortality of cardiovascular disease, evaluating the association between CRF and cardiometabolic outcomes.  

Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) calculates a body’s ability to transport, absorb and utilize oxygen to transfer energy to their muscles during physical activity, and thus is an important marker of cardiovascular health. When compared to other traditional risk factors such as higher age, male sex, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, low physical activity, and smoking, CRF is considered a potentially stronger mortality indicator.  

Furthermore, despite cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) being a strong independent indicator of mortality and morbidity, there is limited information about it in Central and Eastern European populations. Characterized as a region with different biological and social determinants of health, the scope of this particular study thus samples adults between 25 and 64 years old of the city of Brno, Czech Republic.  

This is the first study aimed to describe the distribution of CRF levels among men and women aged 25–64 years, that can serve as a reference for future clinical studies.  

Dr. Hernandez’s research was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, an interdisciplinary, scientific, peer-reviewed, online open access journal on topics of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Public Health, Environmental Health, Occupational Hygiene, Health Economics and Global Health Research.  

You can find the complete research article here.


Dr. Hernández joined EDU in 2020, and has since then participated in multiple research projects representing EDU Faculty of Medicine and Health, as well as fulfilling his role as an EDU Tutor.  

If you want to find out more about Dr. Jose Pantaleon Hernández, read his complete bio in our website. 

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