Posted by: wockhardthospitals | June 9, 2009

Preventive Cardiology:Learning Your Heart Fitness

Coronary Heart Disease (CAD) affects almost 25% of the Indian Population, making it the most common form of heart disease. CAD and its complications, like arrhythmia, angina pectoris, and heart attack (also called myocardial infraction), are the leading cause of death in our country. CAD most often results from a condition known as atherosclerosis, which happens when a waxy substance forms inside the arteries that supply blood to your heart. This substance, called plaque, is made of cholestrol, fatty compounds, calcium, and a blood clotting material called fibrin. Doctors have found that there are 2 kinds of plaque: hard and soft.

Most people know about hard plaque and how it can cause a heart attack. If hard plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to your heart, the blood flow slows or stops. This decreases the amount of oxygen that gets to the heart, which can lead to a heart attack. Risk factors associated with CAD are smoking, physical inactivity & Obesity.

Preventive Cardiology Program

Principles:

  • Individual/Group stress management
  • Individual/Group yoga
  • Individual/Group meditation
  • Individual/Group diet
  • Individual/Group cardiac fitness workouts
  • Individual/Group cardiac check-up
  • Individual/Group medical consultation

Who should enroll?

  • If you feel stressed and fatigued
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Diabetic
  • Smoker
  • Obese/Overweight
  • Over 30 years of age

Stages of the Program:

Stage1: Lifestyle modification

An introspection into your habits, stress levels, personality and genetic traits

Stage 2: Diagnostic tests

  • Lipid profile
  • Stress test
  • Blood Sugar

Stage 3: Individual cardiovascular exercises

  • Determining your target heart rate
  • Your maximum heart rate
  • Pulmonary capacity evaluation
  • Endurance Testing
  • Cardiac fitness training

Stage 4: Individual Yoga session

  • Specific yogasanas for preventing heart disease
  • Specific pranayamas to combat heart disease

Stage 5: Meditation

  • Guided meditation techniques
  • Different forms of meditation techniques are taught to d-stress

Stage 6: Stress Management

  • Identifying the underlying cause of stress
  • Coping mechanism

Stage 7: Diet counseling

  • Education on balanced diets
  • Heart friendly diets of good fats & bad fats
  • Diet prescriptions
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