Physiotherapy is effective in maintaining strong cardiovascular health!
Most common cardiovascular diseases include coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, myocardial infarction, hypertension, and heart failure. Additional conditions, such as diabetes or congenital heart disease, can cause these to develop or progress. Heart health is tremendously important, and at Stride Sports & Physiotherapy, we want to help your patients live the healthiest life they can.
How does cardiac rehabilitation work?
Cardiac rehabilitation is a form of physiotherapy that is focused on the improvement of heart health and general wellness. According to the Canadian Heart Association, “Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program designed to improve your cardiovascular health if you have experienced a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or heart surgery.”
This rehabilitation program focuses on exercises that get the patient’s heart pumping, engaging the entire cardiovascular system. Our Edmonton physiotherapists will train patients on the best ways they can move their bodies in order to promote heart health.
In addition to physical exercises, patients will be provided with education on heart-healthy living, as well as stress counseling if needed. Physiotherapists will discuss risk factors with their patients, such as smoking, drinking, obesity, or poor nutrition choices. Once their risk factors are determined, they will come up with a plan to reduce or eliminate risks.
Stress counseling can also be an invaluable resource if a patient is facing significant amounts of stress, as that can be a contributing factor to their heart condition. Stress takes a toll on the heart, and an important part of cardiac rehab is learning how to deal with daily stresses in a healthy manner.
The success of physiotherapy on heart health:
The Canadian Heart Association recommends cardiac rehabilitation in patients that have sustained one or more of the following conditions:
- Acute coronary syndrome
- Myocardial infarction
- Heart failure
- Coronary artery stent placement
- Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
- Cardiac valve surgery
- Heart transplant
Cardiac rehabilitation programs help to increase exercise capacity, implement healthy lifestyle behaviors, reduce feelings of depression or anxiety, and improve a patient’s overall quality of life. It also helps in lowering high cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels, therefore also lowering the risk of sustaining an additional heart attack or stroke.
Come see Stride Sports & Physiotherapy for heart-healthy living:
At Stride Sports & Physiotherapy, we provide you with the resources you need to begin living a heart-healthy life. We will work closely with you to address your medical history, a current heart condition, and any additional health factors that must be taken into consideration for your treatment plan. Our highly trained Edmonton physiotherapists will also conduct a physical evaluation to determine your current level of physical ability. From there, a specialized treatment plan will be designed for your specific needs, equipped with the necessary exercises, training, education, nutrition, and counseling services needed to help you get on track to maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Heart health is a serious topic – in fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of disability and death across the nation. At Stride Sports & Physiotherapy, we want to help you rise above that statistic. Request your appointment today, and we will get you started on the right track toward optimum cardiovascular health.