Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand – the stats say it all.
SOURCE: Heart Foundation 2018, NZ
Thanks to extensive research into heart disease, it’s now universally accepted how important exercise is in the recovery process after someone has suffered a heart attack – it’s called Cardiac Rehab.
It means getting the right kind of exercise and if done properly can actually reduce the risk of having another heart attack by up to 47%. That’s where the health professionals at The ExerScience Clinic come in.
Exercise as Medicine
As the name suggests, they understand the science of exercise, particularly when it comes to heart disease. At their state-of-the-art facility in Auckland, they prescribe medically-focused exercise to help individuals recover after a heart attack or reduce the risk of having one in the first place. This is why exercise is described as medicine.
What the ExerScience Clinic Does
We’re not talking about personal trainers. You’ll be looked after by a Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) who will tailor a programme to meet your specific needs. This includes individualised exercise and possibly changes to your lifestyle and behaviour. They’ll use state-of-the art equipment to assess where you’re at, prescribe your programme and then closely monitor your progress.
Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Anyone who suffers from any form of heart disease is recommended to attend cardiac rehabilitation to reduce the risk of you having another heart attack or disease progression. The ExerScience Clinic aims to improve the quality and longevity of your life as much as possible. Some of the benefits of individualised exercise include:
- Improved exercise tolerance, heart fitness and strength
- Faster recovery after an event or treatment
- Improved blood pressure and heart rate response
- Reduced angina, breathlessness and fatigue
- Improved body composition
- Better quality of life
Who is Cardiac Rehab for?
Internationally, all heart conditions are indicated to undergo Cardiac Rehab. Especially those recovering from a heart attack. When to begin Cardiac Rehab and the level of exercise can vary with different heart conditions & treatments. It’s best to call The ExerScience Clinic and discuss your heart condition(s) and a Clinical Exercise Physiologist can help guide you on what is best recommended.
The high level of monitoring at The ExerScience Clinic ensures you’re provided with a safe environment to exercise. At each exercise session, the CEPs monitor your blood pressure and heart rate and rhythm; as well as your oxygen and blood sugar levels if required.
Importantly, The ExerScience Clinic has a shared responsibility with your medical specialists to develop the best Cardiac Rehab plan for you.
The ExerScience Clinic is based in Central Auckland, so give them a call on (09) 393 8500 for your free 30min consultation or visit exerscience.co.nz for more information.