With all the information and recommendations about your health out there, it can be difficult to know who to trust and what to believe. So today, we’re looking at five commonly believed heart health myths and revealing the truth behind them.
Myth #1: You can’t exercise after you’ve had a heart attack.
While it might seem a little daunting to get your heart rate up after you’ve had a cardiac episode, a doctor-approved exercise plan is an important step to getting you (and your heart) back in shape. In most cases, moderate intensity exercise is not only safe for patients who have suffered a heart attack, it can be extremely beneficial in their recovery. (But, as always, be sure to consult your physician before beginning any new exercise regime.)
Myth #2: I’ve had a bypass, so I’m no longer at risk for a heart attack.
Though your bypass might have been successful in addressing a certain blockage, it doesn’t serve as a permanent “Get Out of Jail Free” card for future heart attacks. You still need to take the necessary steps toward heart-healthy changes to ensure new blockages don’t cause further problems.
Myth #3: I’m too young to worry about heart attacks.
We understand the inclination toward youth and invincibility, but you’re never too young to start taking your heart health seriously. Diet and lifestyle choices in your youth can have serious repercussions on your health as you age. And as risk factors like obesity and type 2 diabetes increase in young people, so do the numbers of heart attacks occurring in patients under 25.
Myth #4: Drinking water at a certain time of day will help reduce your risk of heart attack
Drinking water is definitely good for you, but it won’t prevent heart attacks. Furthermore, drinking it first thing in the morning or before you go to bed has no bearing on your risk for heart disease. But it will keep you hydrated!
Myth #5: I have a family history of heart disease, so there’s nothing I can do to prevent it.
Your family history is important to consider when understanding your risk of heart disease. But just because you come from a long line of heart trouble doesn’t mean you’re doomed. In fact, it’s even more important for you to address the risk factors you have control over, such as your diet, exercise routine, and quitting smoking.