Coronary Heart Disease Treatment and Prevention Program
What is Coronary Heart Disease? Coronary Heart Disease is also known as Coronary Artery Disease. According to Human Kinetics author Doctor Jonathon Ehrman, Coronary heart disease occurs when a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries of the heart. These coronary arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle. Over time, the plaque in the affected arteries can harden or rupture causing damage and/or death to the heart muscle. Hardened plaque narrows the coronary arteries and reduces the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. A rupture may cause a blood clot and can completely block the blood flow in that affected artery.
Current evidence shows that sedentary individuals have almost twice the risk of Coronary Heart Disease as those performing high-intensity exercises regularly. Evidence states that habitual physical activity can prevent the development of Coronary Heart Disease and reduce symptoms in patients with established Cardiovascular Disease. The American College of Sports Medicine endorses that exercise can reduce the risk of other chronic conditions, including type two diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, depression and cancer. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and The American College of Sports Medicine recommend that individuals should engage in 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most (preferably all) days of the week.
What are the signs and symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease?
The main symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease include, but are not limited to:
Unusual shortness of breath (dyspnoea)
Loss of consciousness
The effect of exercise on the symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease
The benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risk for people who have Coronary Herat Disease. Regular exercise appears similarly effective in secondary prevention as many drug interventions, without the side effects they may produce. Regular moderate-intensity exercise both prevents and helps treat many established Coronary Heart Disease risk factors, including elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, elevated triglyceride concentrations, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) concentrations and obesity. These changes reduce the load on the heart at rest and during exercise, which helps to lessen some of the symptoms as well as decrease the risk of death from Coronary Heart Disease.
The magnitude of the exercise effect is influenced by characteristics of the exercise intervention, individual variation and whether exercise produces concomitant reductions in body weight. The effect of exercise can be significantly magnified by other lifestyle changes such as changes in dietary composition and weight loss.
Coronary Heart Disease and the Thrive Clinic
At the Exercise Therapist, we have developed a program that combines mindfulness meditation and HIIT, which are both modalities that have proven to be effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety and stress and improving a patients quality of life both short and long term. Mindfulness-based interventions aimed at reducing psychological symptoms of distress and enhancements of quality of life are increasingly applied and popular in various kinds of setting. These interventions are aiming at the cultivation of an open-minded and non-judgemental awareness of whatever is happening at each successive moment of perception. The Thrive Clinic involves an 8 to 12 week program, where the client can choose between two or three sessions per week depending on their status and availability. The program will aim to reduce coronary heart disease symptoms, and improve overall cognitive function and cardiovascular fitness, through the combination of mindfulness meditation and HIIT. We have already had fantastic results with current clients showing improvements both mentally and physically, just half way through the program.
If you are interested in this program please contact the clinic on 9385 1430 or register your details in the contact form below.
Terms and Conditions - Any exercise program is not without risk and this or any other exercise program may result in injury, serious illness or even death. The risks are higher when you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised for some time. You are responsible for seeking appropriate medical advice before commencing this program. The Exercise Therapist and Elite Health Management disclaims all liability from all in connection with your use of the programs, videos, and seminars or whether or not The Exercise Therapist or Elite Health Management is negligent. If you have commenced an exercise activity in accordance with this program and at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy or physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult a doctor.