Cardiac conditions are a type of heart disease that include many symptoms such as angina, atrial fibrillation, atherosclerosis and arrhythmia just to name a few. At Physical Evolution we often see patients that start their cardiac rehabilitation with a great deal of stress and anxiety toward their condition. But under the guidance of our Senior Exercise Physiologist regular exercise will soon become second nature and a part of your everyday life. A thorough initial assessment sets the precedence for an individualised exercise plan that is specific to your condition and fitness level. Physical Evolution provides cardiac rehabilitation within a private rehabilitation studio with all your health markers (BP, HR, SaO2) continually monitored to ensure the highest level of safety.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Exercise is integral in the treatment of high blood pressure because it strengthens the heart, reduces stress and promotes weight loss. It is generally safe to exercise while on blood pressure medication, and doctors often prescribe both medication and exercise to treat hypertension. If you are already taking medication for high blood pressure, adding regular exercise may help you to lower the dose or even stop the need for medication all together.
After a heart attack it is important to begin a regular exercise program to help reduce the chance of having additional heart problems. Cardiac rehabilitation programs have a faster and safer recovery with better outcomes after a heart attack. It is important to undertake your cardiac rehabilitation under the guidance of an exercise physiologist to ensure correct modalities and intensities are prescribed.
Everyone recovers at a different pace. This may be related to your activity level before your heart attack or the amount of damage to your heart muscle. It may take many months to develop the optimal exercise program. But by being pro active with your rehabilitation you can still improve your quality of life.
One of most important ways that people with heart failure can maintain their sense of well-being is to keep active. In the past people with heart failure were advised to rest and give up many of their usual activities. But research has shown that activity including exercise and work is healthy and safe for most people with heart failure. Activity can help you feel better, may decrease your symptoms, and help improve your heart’s function. By keeping active, you may be able to do more of the things that you enjoy.
Even if you have never been active and are not very confident about your physical ability, you can take steps to become more active.
Maintaining appropriate levels of physical activity with heart disease is extremely important. We know that people who take up regular physical activity after an initial cardiac event, lower their risk by 33% of experiencing another cardiac event compared to those who don’t engage in regular physical activity. Gone are the days of old advice like ‘take it easy’ which has now gone out the window in favour of new recommendations to engage in regular exercise!