Exercise 4 Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes conditions involving narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke, as well as others that affect heart muscle, valves or cardiac rhythm. CVD is a leading cause of death in Australia, and can be largely attributed to a lack of physical activity.
People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity are all at increased risk. These diseases can all be improved through lifestyle changes.
The benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks. Regular exercise can both prevent and treat CVD. Research shows that exercise can be as effective as many medications, but without the negative side effects.
Exercise can help by:
- Preventing the blood vessels from narrowing further, preventing blood clots, and maintaining a normal heart rhythm
- Strengthening the heart muscle and reducing load on the heart. This can lessen some of the symptoms as well as decrease the risk of death from CVD.
- Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics
- Managing weight, or helping with weight loss
- Enhancing mental well-being and quality of life
What types of exercise are recommended?
Research shows that regular physical activity using large muscle groups (such as walking, cycling, swimming and strength training) is helpful in CVD.
‘Cardio’ exercise improves the body’s ability to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
Low to moderate-intensity weight training is important to improve independence for activities of daily living, as reduced strength is common with CVD.
How can we help?
If you have CVD it is important to seek advice from a health professional prior to beginning an exercise program. You need to make sure the exercise you would like to do is safe for you.
At 4 Life Exercise Physiology you will have an exercise program designed by a university trained, ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist to ensure you receive the highest level of care. Your individual exercise capacity and health risk profile will be considered in your prescribed exercise program, as well as personal goals and enjoyment.
We use motivational interviewing and lifestyle change strategies to help you manage your condition and develop long term positive health habits.
We help you take control of your health! Call us today on 95835200.