Exercise & Heart Health

What is heart disease? Also known as Cardiovascular Disease or Coronary Artery Disease, heart disease refers to the build up of plaque within the walls of the arteries supplying blood to your heart. This build up can begin from a young age; however, generally manifests as a concern later in life. What happens when I have a large blockage? Usually when you’re resting you will not notice anything different. This is because enough blood is flowing passed the blockage and providing oxygen to the heart muscle. When you are exercising your heart is pumping faster. It therefore needs more oxygen to continue to...

The Heart Truth!   Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death in Australia. There were 45,392 deaths attributed to heart disease in Australia in 2015. On average, one Australian dies as a result of CVD every 12 minutes. One in six Australians are affected by cardiovascular disease, accounting for more than 3.7 million Australians. Accounted for 518,563 hospitalisations in 2012/13. Remains the most expensive disease group in Australia, costing about $7.47 billion in 2008-09.   Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a cluster of conditions that affect the heart and its surrounding blood vessels.   The most common types include: Coronary artery disease -  Disease to the...

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a collective term for a range of conditions that affect the heart and circulation.   The most common CVD conditions are heart attack and stroke which collectively are by far the leading causes of death worldwide. A heart attack occurs when the small coronary arteries feeding the heart muscle with blood become suddenly blocked by a blood clot. This is usually caused by a rupturing of fatty cholesterol plaques that have built up over time in the walls of the arteries although clots can arrive from elsewhere in the body. In either case, the sudden blockage deprives some of the...