Lifestyle

Cardiac rehab centre gets hearts ticking as they should

Cardiac Rehab's exercise physiologist Kathryn Kirchner and course participant Les Mayfield.
Cardiac Rehab's exercise physiologist Kathryn Kirchner and course participant Les Mayfield. Tom Huntley

GLADSTONE'S new heart health centre at Gladstone Community Health is getting plenty of business, with about 20 referrals each month.

At nearly 250 referrals a year, the figure sets alarm bells ringing for exercise physiologist Kathryn Kirchner.

She said studies showed cardiac rehabilitation clinics made a difference in recovery following a heart disease, and could act as a prevention to those at risk.

The clinic uses exercise and education sessions to help people self-manage their chronic disease.

"We get them active and educate them about their diet," Ms Kirchner said.

She said the most common diseases she encountered in Gladstone were heart attack, bypass or someone recovering from having a stent inserted into their heart.

They also treat people who seem to be going down the path of having a heart attack.

"This can be caused by physical inactivity, poor diet, stress, and family history is pretty common too."

The clinic runs for eight weeks and has a limit of eight people per group.

"We have nice small groups to give people more one on one supervision," Ms Kirchner said.

"It's great to see everybody interact together and make the changes which will make them healthy."

Les Mayfield suffered a heart attack on March 18.

"I think to be able to talk to people who have experienced it too is really good," Mr Mayfield said.

"You get kicked out of hospital and living out of town we don't have too much available."

Mr Mayfield said he would recommend the clinic to anyone who had been given the opportunity to be involved in it.

This week is Heart Week, promoting the importance of looking after heart health.

 

Risk factors for heart disease:

  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol and pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Being physically inactive
  • Being overweight
  • Social isolation

Topics:  health, heart disease, heart health




UPDATE: Chemical spill closes road as police investigate death in Gladstone horror crash

A driver had died in a crash on Hanson Rd.

POLICE investigate the death of a 23-yearold in yesterday's crash.

UPDATE: Migaloo ventured past Gladstone today

FILE: Migaloo is expected to cruise past Gladstone this weekend.

All-white humpback whale Migaloo returns

Latest deals and offers

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles