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Cardiovascular Health & Heart Disease

Exercise For The Heart Coronary Heart Disease is a disorder of the arteries which supply oxygen to the heart. If this supply of blood and oxygen to the heart is insufficient, chest pain or Heart Attack can result.

In clinically stable people with Coronary Heart Disease the benefits of physical activity outweigh the risks. These help to reduce the load on the heart at rest and during Exercise, and help to lessen the symptoms of Heart Disease. Regular moderate exercise intensity exercise can:

  • Prevent further narrowing of blood vessels
  • Prevent blood clotting
  • Help deliver blood to the heart
  • Help to maintain normal heart rhythm.

Aerobic or ‘cardio’ exercise improves the body’s ability to use oxygen to produce energy for movement. Resistance training (using weights), helps to maintain healthy body weight and body fat, improve muscle mass, maintains healthy blood sugar and blood pressure and offsets stress – all things your heart will thank you for.

Recommending intensity and type of exercise depends on the severity of your Heart Disease and cardiovascular risk factors. General guidelines recommend 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week in minimum of 10 minute chunks of time and resistance exercise of 2 to 3 times per week.

Your Exercise Physiologist can help you understand your individual requirements and advise you on a correct exercise program to improve your fitness to manage your cardiovascular health and Heart Disease. Talk to us or your GP about how a Medicare referral under a care plan can help you receive a Medicare rebate for your Exercise Physiology consultation. Contact us to book your appointment today.

References:

  1. Wise FM Coronary Heart Disease. The Benefits of Exercise, Aust. Fam Physician. 2010; 39 (3): 129-33.
  2. Pharmacy Alive, Summer 2013 Magazine, Publisher Ryan Benn. 10 Tips for Heart Health, P8-10.
  3. Thompson PD. Exercise prescription and proscription for patients with coronary artery disease. Circulation. 2005: 112(15): 2354- 63.

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