Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular disease, is an umbrella term that describes diseases that affect the cardiovascular system – it includes heart disease, stroke and blood vessel disease. Heart Disease relates to conditions specifically related to the heart, and can include rhythm disorders, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular disease and other diseases that affect the heart. 

Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular disease is critical to prevent further progression of the disease, disability and mortality. Management of CVD is achievable via lifestyle and pharmacological management. Exercise is one component of lifestyle management and has been proven to have a positive effect on CVD and all cause mortality. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of CVD by 35% and reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, breast and bowel cancer, and can have a significant impact on physical and mental health.

This online activity will discuss The Heart Foundation’s role in secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, and will provide an overview of the resources and programs that are available to support patients through their care.

This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 23 February 2023. 

Presented by Elizabeth Calleja and Chloe Truesdale (National Heart Foundation of Australia)

Elizabeth Calleja, MSci (ExRehab), BAppSci(SptExSci)Hons, AES, AEP
Elizabeth is an experienced Accredited Exercise Physiologist who has over 15 years' experience working as a clinician with cardiovascular disease in cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure settings. Elizabeth has a variety of experience as a clinician and a public health advocate, working within NSW Health in both a clinical capacity, and the scale up of state-wide public health initiatives on healthy behaviour change. As the Senior Advisor, Physical Activity at the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Elizabeth oversees the advocacy and key messages for exercise and physical activity for Australians at risk of and with cardiovascular disease.
Chloe Truesdale, BClinExPhys, PostGradDipPH, AES, AEP
Chloe Truesdale is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Exercise Scientist, and Health Promotion Project Officer with over 7 years’ experience in cardiac rehabilitation and the management of secondary prevention services. Chloe started her clinical career working in cardiac rehabilitation programs across regional Queensland whilst managing a private health clinic. Here, Chloe aided in expanding the service by establishing two new cardiac rehab programs in nearby rural areas. While completing her Graduate Diploma in Public Health (Health Promotion) with distinction, Chloe briefly volunteered for the Heart Foundation before commencing work in 2019. At the Heart Foundation, she has worked nationally in management and advisory positions for secondary prevention and patient support. Chloe is passionate about improving patient education through the transition from hospital to community.

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Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist.


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