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Debunking Heart Disease Myths-Part 1

March 23, 2021

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.

First, let’s take a look at what heart disease is and how you get it.

What is Heart Disease?

If you’re diagnosed with heart disease, which is also called cardiovascular disease, it means that there are problems with your heart and blood vessels. Your life expectancy will vary.

There are certain factors that put you at risk for developing heart disease. Some are uncontrollable (like getting older or family history), but people do have control over some risk factors like smoking, having high blood pressure, being overweight, and not exercising. All of these can increase your risk of getting cardiovascular disease.

Health Problems Caused By Heart Disease

Some of the problems that go along with cardiovascular disease include:

  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Narrowing of the arteries
  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Now, let’s straighten out some of the common myths and give you the facts about heart disease.

Debunking Heart Disease Myths

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

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.

This is not true. 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.

This is a fact. Studies have shown that consuming a little alcohol on a daily basis can be beneficial to your heart. Only some types of alcoholic 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.

What You Can Do

The best thing you can do for your heart is following a heart-healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise are extremely important, as well as regular visits to your doctor. But it doesn’t stop there because knowledge is power. That’s why understanding the facts about heart disease is crucial.

If you’re looking for more information on heart disease myths and facts, our guide “Heart Disease Facts That Could Change Your Life” can help. It includes the symptoms that may let you know that there is something wrong with your heart.

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