Heart Health Myths
Are you able to separate myth from fact when it comes to your heart health? At the Long Island Heart Associates, we’ve done the research for you. Here is what we have uncovered about factors that may or may not have a negative impact on your heart.
1. If you had high blood pressure or cholesterol levels, you would know.
This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, testing for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is the only way to truly know if you fall victim. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is often referred to as a silent killer—you usually are unaware of it until symptoms such as headaches and renal failure come into play. High cholesterol, in most cases, is hereditary. Exercising and eating right can help to alleviate high cholesterol. Those who are thin and in shape can suffer, thanks to genetics.
2. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but if you’re young, you are free to worry of such a disease.
False. When taking into account the risk factors that lead to heart disease, such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, no one can rule out heart disease.
3. Sex is a form of exercise; therefor it will reduce my risk for heart attack and associated heart problems.
While this may be partially true, you also have to take into account the type of relationship involved. Although having a heart attack from sex might be rare, cheating on your spouse with another partner could highly increase your chances of suffering a heart attack because there is more risk involved—leading to an increased heart rate and higher than normal blood pressure levels.
4. The damage has been done because I have been diagnosed with heart disease.
Yes, heart disease will have a negative impact on your health and has likely followed a variety of health problems ranging from hypertension to weight problems and/or diabetes but being diagnosed with heart disease does not mean your life is over. In fact, research suggests that it may be possible to undo the damage. How so? You may have already heard this from a friend, parent, doctor or spouse but eating healthier, exercising and limiting toxins to the body such as alcohol, smoke or highly processed foods can, and will, put you on a healthier track.
5. I’m athletic. I take care of myself and I know I will never have a heart attack.
It’s great to take care of yourself and exercise plays a huge role in staying healthy but it does not rule out disease or heart attack though it will likely reduce the risk. As previously mentioned, it is important to eat healthy, remain physically fit and reduce harsh toxins from the body such as smoke, alcohol and highly processed foods. Individuals who are thin and would generally be viewed as “healthy” could still be at risk for high cholesterol and diabetes.
Do you have a questionable heart health fact that you would like us to look into? Let us know!
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