Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and high blood pressure are becoming increasingly common within the Australian population. CVD includes all diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Risk factors for CVD can be split into ‘modifiable’ and ‘non-modifiable’.
The good news is that there are many ‘modifiable’ risk factors that we can work to improve to reduce risk of CVD.
Assessment by a GP and possibly a Cardiologist is usually required. Blood tests are commonly used to test cholesterol levels.
A 2-fold treatment is usually used to manage CVD.
Can include cholesterol lowering or antihypertensive medications for example.
Lifestyle changes focused on diet, physical activity, alcohol, stress and weight.
The dietitians at Melbourne Health and Nutrition Specialists can help you to make dietary changes to improve your cardiovascular health. Enjoying a wide variety of foods is important for general and cardiovascular health.
1. Reduce salt intake
2. Reduce saturated fat intake
3. Keep alcohol to a minimum
4. Increase intake of fruits and vegetables
5. Reduce weight and waist circumference if applicable.
Our dietitians can help you navigate these changes and provide you with practical advice that will help to make changes easier! Everyone is different so it is important to see one of our dietitians for an individual consultation so we can tailor our recommendations to you.
Furthermore, reducing stress levels is also crucial. Our psychologist can help you to identify current stresses in your life and provide you with practical tools to manage these when they occur.