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Five Heart Health Myths

by Millie Bruce

For women and men of all ages, heart disease is the number one killer. It kills more and more people than ALL types of tumors joined together. If you’re black or over 65, your risk of a heart attack is much higher, but it is an equal opportunity destroyer. Anyone, any place, at any time can have a heart attack [1].

Myth #1: Exclusively older adults need to be concerned about their cardiovascular system.

Lifestyle choices that can result in developing heart disease develop gradually. Being a couch-potato and over eating without exercising are common poor habits that could possibly begin in childhood years. Increasingly, healthcare providers are finding patients having strokes in their 20s and 30s, rather than patients usually in their 50s and 60s.

Simply being in shape and at the right bodyweight will not make you immune to strokes. However, both exercising regularly and maintaining an appropriate body weight helps. You’ll still want to check your bad cholesterol and blood pressure levels. The best cholesterol (or lipid profile) amount is less than 200. The right blood pressure level is 120/80.

Myth #2: I’d feel ill if I had high blood pressure levels or high cholesterol.

They call these, “silent killers” for the reason that they show NO symptoms. 30% of all older people have hypertension. Of those, one-third can’t say for sure they have it.

High cholesterol is a way of measuring the fats carried by your bloodstream. Fats can be dropped anywhere in your physique, but may congregate around organs, as well as your heart. This predisposition might run in families. So even if you’re at a good weight and do not smoke cigarettes, have your cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels checked constantly. One time is not adequate [2].

Myth #3: Both males and females do NOT see the same signs.

Men and women CAN have those same warning signs, but they commonly will not. Females are more inclined to have the subtler indicators and symptoms though males usually experience the form of cardiac arrest you see in the films. But, either gender CAN have any signs.

These subtler signs and symptoms, including jaw achiness, nausea or vomiting, breathlessness and extreme fatigue, have a propensity to get identified away. “My jaw hurt mainly because my lunchtime sandwich was on whole-grain bread and I had to chew very hard,” or , while clutching their stomach, “I probably should not have had that additional piece of pizza.” “Half of ladies don’t have chest pain after all,” says Kathy Magliato, a heart surgeon at California’s St. John’s Health Center. Put all the little indicators together with each other and pay attention to your entire body.

Obviously, both men and women could experience the “grab-your-chest-and-fall-down-gasping” form of cardiac event, but now you know, that’s not the only way.

Myth #4: So long as my blood sugar level is in check, being diabetic is absolutely not a heart threat.

While trying to keep your blood sugar level within a normal range (80ml-120ml) will keep you healthier and stronger, just having the added blood sugar in your body takes its toll on arterial blood vessels. You’ll need working out and good nutrtion to help control your Type II Diabetes, but don’t forget to measure your blood pressure level and cholesterol, too.

Myth #5: My health practitioner would order exams if I were at risk for heart disease.

Generally, most of us fail to inform the physician about the little spasms we feel. The medical professionals, not knowing most of the things we consider as unimportant, could pass over heart tests.

“Mammograms and Colonoscopies are routinely prescribed,” says Merdod Ghafouri, a cardiologist at Inova Fairfax Medical center in Virginia, [3] “and are important, but heart scans usually aren’t normally conducted.” A cardiac scan can diagnose plaque build-up within the arterial blood vessels before you even find out you have a problem.

Do you have the engine oil pressure and transmission liquid inspected in your auto? Have other precautionary maintenance done? Doesn’t your only heart deserve as much care as your automobile?

Links to Complementary Sources About Heart Disease: [1] The Lansing State Journal is a local Internet news paper that discusses Michigan stories as well as days news and posts from everywhere. They talked about the entire story here [2] The blog Cholesterol Lowering Diets is a non-profits webpage that presents free info for persons who plan to eat healthier and regulate their unhealthy cholesterol levels through diet. They present a nice guideline to assist individuals to eat healthy and lower cholesterol naturally [3] Circulation is the department of the American Heart Association correlated to cardiovascular publication, they have a really good document in .pdf that covers the correlation between tryglicerides and cardiovascular disease

Millie Bruce (@millie_bruce on was born in Banffshire, Scotland on August 2, 1944. She had an basic diploma in Meds at the University of Glasgow in 1962. She has done nutrition counseling and has taught adult nutrition in Adult Daycare Clinics. She has worked for medical reporters and testers that have written and published reports for the New England Journal of Medicine. Currently she is retired and has been a guest writer for health related sites and blog sites.

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