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Spring 2021
In this issue:
  • Heart attacks and ischaemic heart disease
  • Kyneton Clinic now has a SIS Wellness Program
  • Public Holiday Closure for AFL Grand Final
  • Take action for your bone heatlth
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Caring for your heart: You can make a difference





Justine Stevenson
Clinical Wellness Coordinator

Spring Medical’s special health and wellness focus this spring is ischaemic heart disease and heart attack prevention.

So we can best support people in our community at greater risk of a heart attack, our Wellness Nurses will be calling selected patients over the next few months to organise a nurse heart health check and follow-up GP appointment.

Should you receive a call, you’ll be invited to have a heart health assessment with a Springs Wellness Nurse as the first step in developing a personalised Medicare GP Management Plan (GPMP) to help you better manage your heart condition.

Ischaemic heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease or coronary heart disease, is the leading cause of death in Australia for both men and women and the main cause of heart attacks and angina (chest pain and discomfort). Twice as many men experience heart attacks compared to women and the symptoms of a heart attack for women are often different from those experienced by men.

Ischaemic heart disease is a type of cardiovascular disease that occurs when fatty material (plaque) builds up in a coronary artery supplying blood to the heart. Plaque causes arteries to narrow and stiffen (atherosclerosis) and the heart is gradually starved of oxygen due to reduced blood supply. A heart attack occurs when a piece of plaque breaks off and a blood clot blocks the artery, preventing blood from getting to this section of heart muscle.

Do you know the symptoms of ischaemic heart disease?

Unless you have regular health checks, you may not even know you have ischaemic heart disease because it does not always cause noticeable symptoms.

Noticeable symptoms may include:
  • unusual breathlessness, when resting or undertaking light physical activity
  • discomfort, heaviness, tightness or a dull ache in the chest that may spread to the back, shoulders, jaw or neck
  • discomfort in the arm, jaw or neck with no chest discomfort
Unfortunately, some people only discover they have ischaemic heart disease when they suffer a heart attack.

How Springs Medical can help support your heart health

Ischaemic heart disease and chronic high blood pressure (hypertension), which can damage your arteries, are major causes of hospitalisation if not kept in check with adequate prevention and management strategies. Living with a chronic condition can be extremely stressful and involve significant life changes, so it’s important you receive good support and well-managed care and health education.

By working together with your GP, our nursing team and relevant allied health professionals (such as a dietician, exercise physiologist or psychologist), you can improve your chance of a better health outcome.

During your initial appointment, your Wellness Nurse will:
  • identify your health and care needs
  • set out the services to be provided by your doctor
  • list actions you can take to help manage your condition (self management)
  • identify treatments and ongoing services
Self management is a key factor in giving yourself the best possible chance of staying out of hospital and enjoying better health going forward. Springs Medical’s 8-week SIS Wellness Program supports patients with strategies, exercise routines and education about their specific health issues to help them take small steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

Clinical Wellness Coordinator Justine Stevenson says reducing the risk of heart attack boils down to the health of the blood vessels that feed the heart muscle.

‘High blood pressure is one risk factor for heart disease that often doesn’t have any symptoms, so regular check ups are important. Leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to prevent and treat hypertension and ischaemic heart disease.’

While heart attack risk factors such as family history, age, gender, ethnicity and mental health history cannot be changed, there are many things people can do to improve their heart health.

Lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of a heart attack

Making healthier choices, having regular health checks and seeking appropriate support can reduce your risk of having a heart attack.

Suggested lifestyle changes may include:
  • becoming physically active
  • following a heart-healthy diet 
  • drinking less alcohol
  • losing weight
  • quitting smoking
  • reducing your stress levels and monitoring your blood pressure
  • better management of your diabetes
  • getting support to improve your mental health
If you have concerns or questions about your risk of heart disease or having a heart attack, make an appointment to see your GP.

If you think you are having a heart attack, call 000.
Click here to read the Heart Foundation's '5 warning signs of a heart attack that you may not know'
Reproduced with permission from Heart Foundation. © 2019 National Heart Foundation of Australia. 

Take action for your bones now

October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day. Our Winter newsletter provided you with information about bone health and we are continuing our osteoporosis focus through September and October.

If you have osteoporosis or early onset of bone disease it's important to be informed about your condition and be aware of risk factors. 

Our GPs are more than happy to discuss your condition and can arrange an
assessment and management plan suited to your individual needs.

We can also offer support and education through our SIS Wellness Program.

Head to our YouTube Channel for COVID-19 Immunisation videos

SIS Wellness Program comes to Kynton Clinic




Our Kyneton SIS Wellness Program Team
Coordinator: Millie Gellatly
Exercise Physiologist: Jake Dwyer

 

We’re delighted to announce we've expanded our popular Put a Spring In Your Step (SIS) Wellness Program to cater to our Kyneton Clinic patients.

SIS, which has helped many patients living with chronic or complex health conditions (including ischaemic heart disease) in the Hepburn Shire since 2017, is now available to eligible patients attending Kyneton Clinic.

If you live with a chronic condition, such as heart disease and/or high blood pressure (hypertension), the thought of regular exercise may seem daunting. You may feel out of your depth managing your health issues and this may be affecting your mental health and wellness and social life.

Paradoxically, an individually tailored exercise program may be just what you need to feel more energised and capable of living a more enjoyable and independent life. This is where Springs Medical’s Put a Spring In Your Step (SIS) Wellness Program can help you, by supporting you to incorporate achievable, healthier behaviours into your daily life.

Joining the program is easy. All you need is a referral from your GP. Our GPs and nurses work with the SIS team to ensure the best outcomes for you.

The SIS Wellness program incorporates 8 weeks of supervised exercise and education to help you live well and manage your long-term health so you can do more of the things you love.

Wellness Nurse Millie Gellatly is SIS Kyneton’s Program Coordinator. She works alongside Exercise Physiologist Jake Dwyer, who supervises the assessment and exercise program at Kyneton. Exercise Physiologist Jack Clark currently delivers exercise sessions for the SIS Program at Daylesford, Trentham and Creswick.


Exercise has an important role in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases. A chronic disease is any health condition that has been, or is likely to be present, for six months or more. It also includes conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis and depression and anxiety.

Jake says there’s no downside to being fitter and stronger. ‘Suddenly you’ll notice that things you found hard to when you first started become easier. There’s a saying that if all the benefits of exercise were put into a pill, it would be the most prescribed pill in the world.’

Regular moderate-intensity exercise is fabulous for people living with ischaemic heart disease and hypertension, he says, because it makes the heart stronger and more efficient.

Exercise can help:

  • prevent arteries from narrowing further
  • prevent blood clotting which may lead to a heart attack
  • in the delivery of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle
  • maintain a normal heart rhythm

Other benefits from exercise include: better physical functioning, increased mental wellbeing, improved blood pressure and better diabetic insulin sensitivity. It can even increase your confidence and self esteem!

‘Doing something’s better than nothing’ when it comes to exercise, Jake says. ‘Even 10 minutes a day is awesome because you can always build that up.’

He advises people to find a physical activity they enjoy. ‘If you enjoy an activity, you’re more likely to keep doing it.’

Millie says the program also educates participants about how to live better and gives strategies for preventing or reducing hospitalisation and the progression of disease.

While each SIS participant follows an individually tailored program, they meet as a group and this a fun and supportive way to connect with others in their community.

‘We see a lot of older adults who have not been to a gym before,’ she says. ‘Not only does the SIS Program make exercising accessible for these people, they also learn how to do the exercises properly and at a level that’s suitable for them.’

‘From a safety perspective, we take your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation levels at the start and end of each session to ensure it’s safe for you to exercise.’

SIS also guides patients on exercising at home via an exercise program on their mobile phone.

The program includes:

  • Initial 1-hour assessments with Jake Dwyer
  • 30 min physical assessment with Jake Dwyer
  • 2 x 1hr gym sessions each week for 8 weeks

See your GP for a referral or call 0493 127 779 to talk to Jake about the program.

Cost and Payment:
Funding from Murray PHN enables us to provide Jake’s expertise at no costs to people in the program. Patients just need to pay to use the gym which cost about $14 per week paid directly to the gym facility (Eclipse Gym, Kyneton).

If you are ineligible for the SIS Program and want to improve your health and wellness, Jake also leads daytime group fitness classes at Xistance Gym in Daylesford which are a fun and affordable social activity at $10 a session. Click here for more details.

Jake also offers a private Exercise Physiology service at Kyneton on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, providing health assessments and personal exercise programs. Call Kyneton Clinic on 5422 1298 to make a booking.

Springs Medical's Kyneton Clinic is located at 89B Piper Street, close to schools and shops. Onsite parking is available at the rear of the Clinic with walk-through access.
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