Heart disease remains the number one killer in America even though we all have the tools and know-how to reduce our risk of developing it. It may have something to do with people believing myths related to heart health. It’s easy to believe something that someone has told you because you trust them—why would they steer you in the wrong direction? Furthermore, a myth becomes more believable if many different people and sources report the same thing. But it’s important that you uncover the truth for yourself.
Here’s the truth about some common myths about heart health.
Common heart myths debunked
I’m fit and healthy, so my heart is too
Unfortunately, even those who can run in marathons and look like they belong in a magazine could have a sick heart. Heart disease can be passed down via the Y chromosome. Although not a common cause of heart disease, it is still a very serious risk factor to consider. This is why it’s so important to know your family health history.
I don’t have a family history of heart disease, so I’m safe
Even if you don’t have a family history of heart disease, that doesn’t mean you’re immune. This is because lifestyle habits go a long way in increasing your risk of heart disease. This means if you’re smoking, overweight, don’t exercise, drink alcohol, eat unhealthily, and are overweight, you still have a high risk of heart disease regardless if anyone in your family has had it.
A couple of alcoholic drinks can’t hurt my heart
The government recommends no more than 14 alcoholic beverages a week. The consumption of alcohol, of any amount, has some effect on your heart. Therefore, even though those are the recommended guidelines, it doesn’t hurt to consume less than that. Furthermore, drinks should be spaced out over the course of days.
I’m young, I don’t have to worry about my heart
Unfortunately, only caring about your heart health when you’re older may be too late. Starting off younger is much better in the long-run to save your heart.
If you believe any of these heart myths, then, unfortunately, your heart could be in serious danger. Take active steps now toward creating a healthier heart before it’s too late.
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