Ex­er­cise to keep heart healthy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

UWA’S Ex­er­cise and Per­for­mance Cen­tre launched its Healthy Hearts pro­gram last Mon­day at its an­nual open day.

Healthy Hearts is an ex­er­cise pro­gram tai­lored for car­di­ol­ogy pa­tients or for those deemed to be at risk.

Phys­io­ther­a­pist Deb­o­rah Kou­nis said par­tic­i­pants re­ceived a free heart screen­ing that helped to iden­tify if they were at risk.

“We all know some­one who has been told their choles­terol or triglyc­erides are too high, we have heard of peo­ple who have had to have a stent put in or fam­ily who may have suf­fered a heart at­tack,” she said.

“Quite of­ten, th­ese peo­ple are ad­vised to in­cor­po­rate ex­er­cise as part of their treat­ment.

“Our pro­gram is for those need­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion post car­diac event or those wish­ing to make life­style changes.”

Ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Dy­lan Warner, who su­per­vises Healthy Hearts, said the pro­gram was at­trac­tive and unique in the way it of­fered high clin­i­cal stan­dards in health care.

“Each ses­sion is very closely su­per­vised by ac­cred­ited ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gists and qual­i­fied per­son­nel,” he said.

“Mon­i­tor­ing is avail­able for each client as they ex­er­cise so it is a very safe en­vi­ron­ment for pa­tients wish­ing to em­bark on a new pro­gram.”

For more information, call 6488 3333 or email epc-sseh@uwa.edu.au.

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