Here Are the Top 10 Myths about Cardiovascular Disease
While you may think it is only elderly people and fried-food loving people who usually suffer from heart diseases, in reality, people of any age and who also eat the right food can suffer from heart disease. In America, cardiovascular disease is the number one disease that has accounted for the most deaths than any other disease. So, never rely on false assumptions when it is related to your heart health. Although, keeping fiction aside you can easily improve your heart health, by shattering some common myths concerning cardiovascular disease:
1 “I’m young, so there is no need for me to be worried about heart disease”
The way you live your life at youth will determine the chances of you suffering from cardiovascular diseases later in life. In fact, plaque accumulates in your arteries from as early as your childhood and adolescence, which results in clogged arteries later. One in three Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease and not all of them are senior citizens. So, it isn’t uncommon for middle-aged and even young people to develop heart disease just like it isn’t common for younger people to get type 2 diabetes, obesity and other risk factors.
2 “If I do have high blood pressure there surely would have been warning signs”
You don’t usually know for a fact that you just might be having high blood pressure and this is why it is known as the silent killer. Don’t wait for alert signals from your body if you never have experienced the symptoms.
Get regular checkups
The best way to find if you do have it is by simple checking your numbers with a blood pressure test. It is best to treat high blood pressure as early as possible. Not treating this as soon as possible can result in strokes, kidney damage, heart attacks and other life-threatening health issues.
3 “I’ll know if I’m having a heart attack, if I get chest pain”
While it may be common for your chest to pain or cause discomfort when you have a heart attack, it is not necessarily true that you might experience this pain. You may experience other subtle symptoms while having a heart attack. Lightheadedness, shortness of breath, discomfort or pain in one or both arms, the back, jaw or neck, shortness of breath, are all symptoms of a heart attack. Even if it’s not a heart attack call an ambulance to be on the safe side.