Therapy & Coaching for Cardiovascular health - Eliminating the risk factors for CVD
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of disability and premature death and includes coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and peripheral arterial disease (reduced blood flow to the limbs causing pain).
These conditions are frequently brought about by the development of atheroma and thrombosis (blockages in the arteries), which develop over several years and are usually advanced by the time symptoms occur. They are also linked to conditions such as heart failure, chronic kidney disease and dementia.
Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in Australia, responsible for 118 deaths a day, with 1 person dying of cardiovascular disease every 12 minutes.
Someone is hospitalised for CVD every minute, that's a total of 1619 hospitalisations per day!
What are the behavioural and biomedical risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease?
Most cardiovascular diseases are very preventable by addressing behavioural risk factors such as smoking, eating an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, stress, and harmful use of alcohol, and biomedical risk factors e.g., overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, abnormal blood lipids (dyslipidaemia) and impaired glucose regulation.
O’Doherty et al. (2016) found that men and women aged 50 who maintain a healthy lifestyle e.g., managing a healthy weight, drinking in moderation, being a non-smoker and participating in vigorous physical activity, lived between 7 and 15 years longer than those with an unfavourable lifestyle.
Modification of risk factors has been shown to reduce mortality and morbidity in people with diagnosed or undiagnosed cardiovascular disease.
Prevention is better than cure!
The consensus in the health and medical spheres on managing cardiovascular disease is that prevention and early detection and taking appropriate action is better than cure.
That is, living healthily e.g., not smoking, consuming a healthy balanced diet, taking regular physical exercise, detecting, and monitoring early signs of risk of disease, taking medications and using behavioural interventions to manage risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and abnormal blood lipids (WHO 2007).
Using psycho-hypnotherapy & coaching to eliminate the behavioural and biomedical risk factors for cardiovascular disease
Hypnotherapy is very relaxing and one of the easiest and quickest ways to eliminate many of the behavioural and biomedical risk factors for preventing and managing cardiovascular disease.
Using hypnosis we can induce a surface or deep trance-like state i.e., a daydreaming state of consciousness like the one we all get while dropping off to sleep, staring out of a window, or doing a repetitive or engaging task and our mind wanders or goes blank for a short while as we lose track of time.
Hypnotherapy integrated with CBT, NLP and EMDR is a very versatile tool that can be used very briefly to help manage all kinds of unhealthy habits and addictions as well as increase confidence, motivation and focus to do more of the things that we know are healthy for us.
All these therapeutic tools by themselves and combined together create a healthy, natural, fast and enjoyable way to learn to think and feel differently about the things we need to change to manage our health behaviours to prolong and improve our quality of life for ourselves and our families.
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Whilst hypertension, is one of the biggest silent killers affecting an estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide and killing around 25 thousand deaths per day, it is very reversible.
Quitting smoking reduces blood pressure, increases physical activity tolerance, and reduces bad cholesterol significantly improving cardiovascular function.
Maintaining a healthy weight can manage blood pressure, cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Eat & drink healthily
Improving your diet by reducing salt, alcohol & processed foods and eating more fruit, veg & wholefoods, can impact many risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.
Reduce stress & anxiety
Managing stress reduces several risk behaviours such as smoking, unhealthy eating/drinking and lack of physical activity, which all contribute to high blood and cholesterol levels.
Motivation to exercise
Regular exercise helps manage weight, improves circulation, lifts mood, reduces blood pressure, and lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Want to learn more about how you can eliminate the risk factors for CVD in your life to improve your health and wellbeing?
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