What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke.
We can have a positive impact on reducing our cardiovascular disease risk by leading a healthy lifestyle.
How can exercise help?
Being physically active is a great way to improve heart health. Our heart is a muscle, and like other muscles in our body it needs to be exercised to stay strong.
Regular exercise helps to keep our arteries and other blood vessels flexible, which helps to maintain good blood flow.
In addition to this exercise can help to control some of the other cardiovascular disease risk factors like helping to reduce high blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and help to burn energy thereby assisting to manage weight and prevent obesity.
If I already have cardiovascular disease, is it too late to start exercising?
The good news is it ever too late to start exercising and reap the rewards from exercise. As exercise physiologists we support people with a range of cardiac risk factors, cardiac conditions and blood vessel related conditions to get back to great health following diagnosis of any of these conditions.
We also support people with heart failure and cardiomyopathy, following cardiac surgery, such as bypass surgery, insertion of stents, atrial fibrillation, following ablation, and other interventions. We undertake a thorough physical assessment and ensure your program is safe and appropriate for your condition and stage of recovery.
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Cardiovascular Disease Facts
✔ More than 1 in 4 deaths in Australia are attributed to cardiovascular disease
✔ Improving our physical activity levels, and more importantly our fitness helps to decrease our risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and helps to improve our health whilst living with the condition.
✔ Exercise also has a positive impact on high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and our weight which can help to decrease our risk of developing the condition, or risk of complications of the condition.