Forget the current fads or what you’ve heard on the street about heart attacks.
With facts grounded in research, we’re here to answer questions about the misconceptions of heart disease and share the truth about cardiovascular health. Consider your heart attack myths BUSTED.
Fiction: I’ve been smoking for a while. Stopping now won’t really help me.
Fact: Put the cigarette out, then back away nice and slow. There. You’re already helping yourself. Harvard Medical School says that after a year of not smoking, your risk for a heart attack will drop 50%. In ten years, it will be as though you never smoked at all.
Fiction: I have heart disease so I’m not allowed to eat any kind of fat, ever again.
Fact: Sure, cut out those pesky saturated and trans fats. But remember that everything has a light and a dark side—the same is true with fat. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, and monounsaturated fats found in avocados or olive oil are examples of heart-healthy fats that should be in your diet!
Fiction: I shouldn’t work out as much if I have heart disease.
Fact: Untrue! Being at a standstill with physical activity won’t do you any favors as far as improving your blood flow or heart strength.
We’re not saying you have to train for a marathon, but taking on a low-stress activity such as walking can help put you back on track. Ask your doctor!
Fiction: I’m young. I don’t really need to worry about heart disease.
Fact: It’s NEVER too early to begin taking charge of your health. How you live and take care of your body now, will either help or harm you in the future and as your body ages.
Fiction: Heart disease runs in my family. I’m helpless.
Fact: UNTRUE! Sure, you’re risk is a little higher than the average person’s. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a way to reduce the risk! Stay active and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Cut out smoking and excessive drinking, and you can reduce your risk.
Fiction: If I have high blood pressure, I’ll have obvious symptoms.
Fact: The Mayo Clinic says most people with high blood pressure won’t have any symptoms until the blood pressure reaches life-threatening stages.
At that point, the symptoms would manifest themselves as headaches, dizzy spells, or abnormal nosebleeds. The only way to stay on top of your blood pressure’s status is to have regular check-ups, or see your doctor if you have any concerns.
The best way of getting to the bottom of your heart health is talking to your doctor and staying knowledgeable about where you stand and the factors that might put you at risk for heart disease.
For more heart healthy information, see Better Health-5 Keys To Better Health in Just a Month.