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Common Myths about Heart Disease - Part 1

September 9, 2011

Although information about heart disease is widely available nowadays, many people still have misconceptions about the condition. If you have heard or read any myths about heart disease, you should try to find out for sure whether they are true or false. Relying on wrong information can prove costly in the future. Let’s straighten out some of the common myths about heart disease.

Myth: As long as I eat healthy and exercise regularly, I will be free from heart disease.

Heart Diease Myths Revealed

Fact: This myth is false. Although leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart disease, it does not make you immune to the condition. Heart disease can occur due to a number of uncontrollable factors, such as age and genetic history. Even if you are in your 20s or 30s, it is recommended that you undergo blood pressure and cholesterol tests once a year.

Myth: Heart disease only occurs in older people.

Fact: False. The most common form of heart disease, coronary artery disease, can begin to develop in your teenage years, and some of the unhealthy habits that you develop when you are young may continue until you reach old age. Also, children who are overweight or hypertensive will be more susceptible to heart disease.

Myth: Drinking a little alcohol is good for my heart.

Fact: True. Studies have shown that consuming a little alcohol on a daily basis can be beneficial to your heart. Only some types of alcohol beverages are good for the heart, and one of them is red wine. However, drinking too much alcohol can cause serious damage to your heart. When consumed in large amounts, alcohol can have a toxic effect on your heart muscle cells, and it can result in heart failure.