Knowledge centre: Cardiac

cardiac rehabilitation, blood pressure, living well

Demystifying blood pressure

We take your blood pressure before and after every CP+R session, but what is blood pressure and why is it so important? What do the numbers mean? A blood pressure reading is broken down into two parts:  “systolic” (the upper number) and “diastolic” (the lower number). Systolic blood pressure is the pressure exerted on vessel […]

cardiac rehabilitation, clinical exercise, exercise rehabilitation

Our BSCR 2017 conference poster!

  Our research for the British Society of Cardiovascular Research 2017 conference presented the findings of when our Four Pillar Model is used to reduce cardio-metabolic risk factors. Click HERE for a larger PDF version.  

cardiac rehabilitation and prevention

Managing heart failure with exercise

What is heart failure? Heart failure is defined as the inability of the heart to meet the demands of the tissues in the body. This inability often manifests itself in tiredness, shortness of breath and oedema, which is fluid retention in the lungs, abdomen or ankles. The causes of heart failure are varied and can […]


Kale (originally known as ‘cole’ or ‘colewort’) is a green, leafy vegetable very similar to cabbage. It is one of few green vegetables which grow well into winter (very hardy!). A light frost produces especially sweet kale leaves. It belongs to the ‘brassica’ family along with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, and exists in […]

cardiac rehabilitation and prevention

The anticipatory rise and why it is desirable

When you are about begin exercising, your heart rate will likely increase before you begin moving. The phenomenon is called the ‘anticipatory rise’. The anticipatory rise is the mind’s response to the body’s need to prepare for exercise. Subconsciously, the body knows it is about to exercise and therefore the brain sends several signals in […]

cardiac rehabilitation and prevention

Exercise is medicine

If exercise were a pill, it would be the most widely presribed and sought after prescription in the world. Accessible to all, with countless benefits and minimal side effects, we’d be rushing to get our repeat prescription. Its association with our long term physical health is well-documented. However too many of us only tune into […]

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