• 18Jan

    5 Myths About Your Heart’s Health

    Every year, more and more Americans are perishing as a result of heart disease. In fact, heart disease is deadlier than every form of cancer combine. In an effort to prolong their lives and stave off heart disease, many people seek advice in order regarding the health of their heart. While a lot of this advice might be good, some of it is actually antiquated or simply untrue.

    Here’s a look at five heart health myths that you might have heard and can definitely ignore.

    Myth 1: Good cholesterol can offset the effects of bad cholesterol

    It was once believed that having a log of good cholesterol would counteract the effects of high levels of bad cholesterol. However, in recent years, it has been found that this simply isn’t true. While high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or the “good” cholesterol) is a good thing, there’s a good chance that low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or the “bad” cholesterol) is still being deposited in the arteries. This can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems.

    heartMyth 2: Hypertension isn’t something that needs to be worried about until middle age.

    Though it is true that high blood pressure tends to affect older people, it should be monitored throughout your entire life. Though it’s uncommon, children can develop high blood pressure, too. Make sure you know what the appropriate blood pressure levels are for your age and keep tabs on your levels. If they fall below or increase to a higher level than is considered normal, it could be a sign of a health condition that requires prompt medical care.

    Myth 3: The symptoms of high blood pressure are easy to spot.

    That’s not always the case. While yes, some people may be able to notice the signs of high blood pressure, such as an abnormal heart rate, many do not. In fact, there may be no obvious signs associated with high blood pressure levels at all, or the signs may be so minimal that you simply won’t be able to notice them, or attribute them to something else. For instance, someone with high blood pressure may experience frequent headaches, but may write them off as being a side effect of high stress.

    Since the signs of high blood pressure aren’t always noticeable, it’s important to keep track of your levels. If left untreated, hypertension can negatively impact your overall health and well-being.

    Myth 4: The leading concern of high blood pressure is stroke.

    While stroke is certainly one of the most serious concerns associated with hypertension, there are several other health concerns that are linked to high blood pressure. In fact, high blood pressure is closely associated with kidney failure; it’s the second leading cause of this health condition. Other serious health concerns that can occur as a result of hypertension include:

    • Heart failure
    • Heart attack
    • Dementia
    • Vision problems

    Myth 5: Heart disease is only a concern for people who have a family history of the condition.

    While genetics can play a role in the development of heart disease, this condition is more commonly cause by unhealthy lifestyle choices. For example, if you eat a diet that is high in unhealthy foods, you smoke, or you get very little or no exercise, you significantly increase your risk for coronary artery disease. Why? – Because these lifestyle choices can increase high cholesterol levels in your blood, boost your blood pressure, and cause type 2 diabetes; all conditions that can increase the risk of heart disease.

    Don’t believe everything you hear others telling you about your heart health. It’s always in your best interest to seek the advice of your doctor, first and foremost.

    Anna L.

    It’s all about health!
    I have academic background in drugs related Chemical Technology, as well as extensive professional experience in pharma and medical companies. My main area of interest is everyday life medicine. The goal of my articles is to give people informative answers to the questions that bother them, to dispel doubts and some common misbeliefs and also to inspire everyone to keep healthy lifestyle.

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