Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a term used to describe many different conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. the most common types of CVD include coronary heart disease, stoke and heart failure. in Australia, CVD is a major health problem and remains the leading cause of death among the population.
HOW DOES EXERCISE HELP?
Regular exercise is vital in the prevention of CVD and improving heart health. Not only does it help prevent several risk factors but it will strengthen the cardiovascular system and prevent risk of other chronic disease.
There is a clear relationship between exercise and the risk of CVD – studies on occupational and leisure-time physical activity consistently show a reduced incidence of cardiovascular events in the more physically active and fit subjects.
Even if you have a history of cardiovascular disease exercise is just as important. Regular exercise post cardiac event results in reduce mortality, greater reduction in cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduced Blood pressure. Being active in your rehabilitation post a cardiac event is vital in preventing a re-lapse, reducing symptoms and promoting longevity and quality of life.
The effect of exercise on the heart and cardiovascular system is influenced by the characteristics of the exercise program. Therefore it’s worth seeking the help of a professional to design an individualized exercise program.