Exercise Physiology & Heart Disease

As many of us know, heart disease also known as (CVD cardiovascular disease) is the leading cause of death in Australia and can be largely due to a lack of physical activity.


Individuals with other chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity are at a higher risk of developing CVD. Another fact is that many of these conditions can be improved and managed with regular exercise.


How can exercise actually help people with heart disease?

– Assist in managing weight or helping with weight loss
– Strengthening the heart muscle to make it work more efficiently
– Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
– Regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics
– Helps to prevent the blood vessels from narrowing further
– Contributing to a healthier mental well-being and better quality of life


How can a tailored exercise program help me?

What we all term as ‘cardio’ exercise essentially improves the body’s ability to utilise oxygen efficiently so it can produce energy for movement. A customised & tailored exercise program for someone with CVD may incorporate low to moderate cardio activity as well as specialised low intensity weight training to ensure the patient is strong enough to perform daily activities as reduced strength is often associated with CVD sufferers.

The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy offer completely tailored and customised exercise physiology services depending on each patient’s needs & requirements. We can create a safe and suitable exercise program that takes into account your specific needs and goals. Our clinic focuses on evidence based treatments to maximise our patient’s outcomes.

Before beginning any exercise program, it’s very important to talk with and seek advice from a health professional before getting started. The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy can also provide exercise physiology services under medicare.


Talk to our experienced team if you have any questions

If you, a family member or a friend have a chronic condition such as heart disease, we would be more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have in regards to our exercise physiology services. Feel free to contact the clinic today for more information by calling (02) 4721 7798 or by emailing info@progressiverehab.com.au

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.