Determinants and Interventions for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term describing disorders of the heart and blood vessels, including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and other conditions. CVD is one of the 10 major chronic conditions in Australia.

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the 10 major chronic conditions in Australia. The other main chronic diseases are asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), arthritis, back pain, cancer, chronic kidney disease, osteoporosis and mental health conditions. Chronic diseases are on the rise and are a priority area for the health system. Unfortunately, at present, chronic diseases affect half of the Australian population, with 47% of people having at least one of the 10 major chronic conditions


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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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Marie Cruz
12 May 2021
easy to undersrand
Maria Burgess
09 Feb 2021
Succinct and applicable to all members of the community to manage cardiovascular health.
christine barnett
10 Jul 2020
Good review of CVD and interested to learn about the possible benefits of yoga and vitamin D on CVD health.
Evelin Joseph
12 Oct 2020
A succinct and good overview of CVD and its determinating factors.
Eva Nyagwira
19 May 2023
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Easy to understand
Matthew Smith
27 May 2023
Very short and simple
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