Coronary heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease and peripheral arterial, vascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term encompassing diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Blocked or narrow blood vessels increase the risk of adverse cardiac events, including heart attacks, angina or strokes. Cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease and peripheral arterial or vascular disease. Many of the risk factors for CVD are preventable and lifestyle-related: high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol (hyperlipidaemia), overweight or obese (BMI >25kg.m-2), habitual smoking and a sedentary lifestyle.
It is estimated that 73% of people with CVD have an additional chronic health condition, and 38% have two or more additional chronic health conditions.
Why see an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise has been shown to:
- Prevent excessive blood clotting
- Deliver blood to the heart and contractile muscles
- Prevent further narrowing of blood vessels
- Help maintain normal heart rhythm
While someone with CVD may be on medication to alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression, exercise tailored and delivered by an Exercise Physiologist can have the same effect.
Exercise also positively affects other chronic health conditions, meaning those with more than CVD may also experience improvements in their pain, metabolism, blood sugar control, mood, strength, flexibility and quality of life. Exercise may be sufficiently effective to warrant a reduction in medication, and not restricted to CVD-arresting medication either.
The improved wellbeing, productivity and reduced expenses on the health system have been calculated at $12 returns for every $1 spent. How’s that for investing in yourself?
What type of exercise in involved?
Aerobic and resistance exercise will constitute a majority of your exercise program – anything that gets your heart rate up in a controlled way. During an appointment we will discuss what modes of exercise you enjoy, suit your current health status and can regularly participate in. You will complete some exercise with us, but we will work with you to also complete exercise at home. This means you can get real bang for your buck while independently taking control of your health.
Each person has an individually-tailored exercise program, so don’t worry about ‘keeping up’ – we will ensure your program is right for you, every step of the way.
Want to know more?
You can learn more about the MOH approach to cardiovascular disease, see our blog entries relating to exercise;
- Managing your expectations
- Knowing your exercise preferences
- Exercise guidelines: cardiovascular
- Top Fitness Trends 2018: #1 HIIT
- Top Fitness Trends 2018: #2 group training
- Top Fitness Trends 2018: #4 bodyweight training
Want to book an appointment?
If you would like to book an appointment with one of our Exercise Physiologists, click here.
If you can’t find a time that’s convenient just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you.
Just not sure?
If you’re not sure if we can help, or what type of treatment you might need, book in for a free 15 minute pain and injury assessment and we’ll help put you on the path to recovery.