Exercising for the heart

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the collective term for diseases of the heart and blood vessels, which includes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, angina, heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease and heart failure. CVD is the leading cause of death and disability in Australia, based on 2015 Department of Health statistics.

Whilst early diagnosis and improved treatments are helping people to live longer, prevention is the key to decreasing cases of cardiovascular disease. Reducing the incidence of CVD can improve your overall quality of life, and programs such as ours can provide you support and assistance to living a healthier lifestyle, thereby reducing your risk of CVD.

There are many factors which affect your risk of developing CVD. Whilst age, gender, ethnicity and family history are uncontrollable, the good news is they are also relatively minor contributors to your overall risk profile. The main risk factors are things you can control, such as

  • Smoking

  • Weight management

  • Activity levels

  • Diet

  • Associated issues of cholesterol and blood pressure.

This is where the team at WA Health Group come in. Our Exercise Physiologists can help you become more active which can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by 22%. We work with you to develop a program based around activities that you enjoy and that fit into your lifestyle. Our group classes offer a motivating and supportive environment to exercise in with variety and progression as your fitness improves. Home exercise programs are popular and private sessions are also available.