Cardiovascular Disease is an umbrella term that refers to conditions, or medical events such as heart attacks, strokes, and disease of the blood vessels. It currently affects more than 4 million Australians, and although rates have declined over the last 10 years due to developments in preventative healthcare interventions, it remains a major health concern for all Australians.

 

The main modifiable risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease are physical inactivity, and an overweight or obese body mass index. Improving these variables are common goals of clients that come to see the team of Longevity Exercise Physiologists across the Drummoyne, EdgecliffMarrickvilleCastle HillRandwickPymbleBalmainKingsgroveNeutral Bay, Coburg – Melbourne, and Barrie, Ontario – Canada locations.

 

 

One such client, Mary* came to see us at Longevity Exercise Physiology after a heart attack and triple bypass surgery. Although she was physically active, ate a balanced diet, and was in a healthy weight range, she had a significant family history of heart disease that likely played a major role in her heart attack.

 

‘…The main modifiable risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease include physical inactivity and being overweight or obese’.

 

Mary has loved exercise all her life so started working with an Exercise Physiologist to access individualised training to prevent further issues and complications associated with her cardiovascular health status. Mary trained consistently and stuck to her strategy, progressing her aerobic and resistance training every week. Mary’s positive outlook made her an integral part of the gym community at Longevity.

 

However, months into training, after some sporadic and unexplained chest pains, a scan from her Cardiologist revealed another recent heart attack. Unsure when the heart attack was the Cardiologist told Mary, “you wouldn’t have made it without exercise.”

 

 

Mary is back in the gym progressing towards her goals of increasing her strength and aerobic capacity, looking long-term to prevent further cardiovascular events and keep living her life to the fullest.

 

‘…After a second heart attack Mary’s Cardiologist told her she ‘wouldn’t have made it without exercise.’

 

To find out how you can improve your Cardiovascular health call Longevity Exercise Physiology and Personal Training Drummoyne, EdgecliffMarrickvilleCastle HillRandwickPymbleBalmainKingsgroveNeutral Bay, Coburg – Melbourne, and Barrie, Ontario – Canada   on 1300 964 002!

*Name changed for privacy reasons.