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How To Reduce the Risk of Second Cardiac Event November 25, 2013

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I ran a short workshop on Saturday for a few clients and while we discussed juices vs. smoothies I was explaining the work I do with my Super Seniors. I’ve known for a long time that just turning up to a club like ours give members a much better chance of avoiding further problems. The thing I find interesting is that this protective effect has as much to do with friendship and support as the exercise activities I offer – never thought I’d admit that!

Then I found this article published in SAGA newsletter- have a read. Maybe you’ll decide to join a support group for your rehab, or encourage someone close to you to…..


Reduce the risk of a second heart attack

By Lesley Dobson , Thursday 14 November 2013
New guidelines on cardiac rehabilitation aim to improve heart health, both in and out of hospital.
Scientists know that taking part in a cardiac rehabilitation programme after you’ve had a heart attack can help improve your health and reduce your risk of having another heart attack.

Now the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published updated guidance on the best ways to reduce this risk.

The UK death rate from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is quite high when compared with other countries. CHD causes more than 103,000 deaths a year. And there are around one million men and almost 500,000 women in the UK who have survived a heart attack.

The aim of the updated guideline is to help prevent those heart attack survivors from having another heart attack. The new guideline recommends:

Cardiac rehabilitation should be started as soon as possible, and before the patient is discharged from hospital.
Patients should be invited to a cardiac rehabilitation session, starting within 10 days of their return home.
Cardiac rehabilitation programmes should be offered in a choice of places, including in hospital, in the community, and even in their own homes.
The programme should provide a range of different types of exercise to meet the needs of people of all ages, or those who have other illnesses.

“Cardiac rehabilitation has been identified by national government, the health service and NICE as a vital part of the care that people with heart disease should receive, yet provision and take-up remains patchy across the UK,” says Joseph Clift, Policy Manager at the British Heart Foundation.

“In a tough financial climate for the NHS, it’s crucial to invest in effective chronic disease management that improves patients’ quality of life and stops their health deteriorating. These services should be fully funded and every patient who is suitable should be offered a place on a programme.”

The new guideline recommends that people who have had a heart attack should eat a Mediterranean-style diet, with more bread, fruit, vegetables and fish. Other major priorities in the updated guidelines include the use of drugs after a heart attack. This includes treatment to prevent blood clots and drugs to reduce blood pressure and to control heart rhythm and rate.

“People who have had a heart attack, almost 80,000 in England and Wales in 2011–2012, are at increased risk of a further attack, but there is a lot we can do to help them reduce this risk,” says Dr Phil Adams, retired consultant cardiologist and Chair of the Guideline Development Group.

“The guideline stresses the importance of starting cardiac rehabilitation very early so that people can straight away start to learn about the lifestyle changes that will help, for instance stopping smoking, and can make plans for exercise when they are ready.”

“The guideline also makes recommendations to make drug treatment as effective as possible, bringing in the new drugs to stop clotting in the arteries, and most important, emphasising communication about drug plans between all those caring for people who have had a heart attack.”

To find out more about cardiac rehabilitation programmes, talk to your GP or heart specialist.

Have a Great Day



Aqua Splash is Super for Seniors July 10, 2012

Water exercise is Super!


Water Aerobics for Super Seniors

Swimming and aqua aerobics are very popular forms of exercise, which can be done at any age

Aqua aerobics is comprised of aerobic exercises performed in shallow water, such as a swimming pool. It uses the support and resistance of the water for exercises, which, normally, done on land such as jogging, lunges or jumping jacks might be too demanding.

  • Aqua aerobics allows the participant to use water to work their      hearts and to strengthen and tone muscles and mobilise their joints
  • It is great exercise for an ageing population, who are increasingly      likely to have joint problems, knee and hip surgery
  • Post-operatively, it enables a speedy recovery allowing the water      to support the body by reducing the effect of gravity and enabling larger      pain free movements.
  • It increases Stamina and calories can be burnt more efficiently
  • Balance and Agility exercises can be included      without the fear of falling.
  • Sessions in heated pools offer a safe and convenient option to      those wishing to get active and improve their health.
  • Aqua Splash classes are set to great sing-a-long music making them      fun and refreshing
  • The water supports those carrying extra weight and allows good      quality exercise to be done without joint strain or discomfort.
  • The effectiveness of non-impact aqua aerobics can be enhanced      safely by using aqua aerobics equipment.
  • Aqua aerobics can benefit seniors by improving their muscular      development and cardiovascular system
  • Since water buoyancy supports their weight, strain on their joints,      back and torso is greatly reduced
  • Due to increased resistance under water, it burns a great deal of      calories, up to 400-500 calories/an hour helping to reduce excess body fat
  • Long term aqua aerobics increase joint flexibility and lowers the      risk of stress and anxiety
  • Water aerobics is the only exercise where you don’t feel sweaty and      can keep cool and comfortable

Organising an aqua aerobic for older people

  • Our sessions are in a safe, spacious heated pool
  • Saline pool with reduced chlorine is kind to hair and skin
  • Lift Access to all floors
  • Large changing rooms with easy access
  • Free Parking for 2 hrs
  • Fees : £16 for 4 weekly      sessions or £32 for 2 sessions per week.

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Fitness Solutions UK founder Jackie Allen has been involved in the health and fitness industry for almost 30 years, having been a swimmer, fitness instructor and teacher trainer. Jackie is a well known and sought after instructor at a number of local health clubs. A Super Seniors expert she runs 6 weekly exercise sessions for Cardiac, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and other health related groups within Gloucestershire.

Recently chosen to carry the Olympic Torch for her work in community fitness she has now established a small Pilates, Yoga and Fatloss studio in Cheltenham and looks forward to developing a club to include her work with Seniors, Youth and the Overweight.

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