Table of contents
- 1 introduction
- 2 10 Common Myths About Heart Attacks
- 3 Final Thoughts
- 4 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
According to research data, India has recorded over 25,000 heart attack-related deaths in the last four years and over 28,000 in the previous three years.
The very term “heart disease” may be scary, but the term is associated with many misconceptions and it’s easy to be misled by misunderstandings. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, causing 17.9 million deaths each year. Even after a heart problem has been diagnosed, your health can be improved with the right information and prompt, timely treatment to dispel the myths surrounding heart attacks.
It is important to be aware of the prevailing myths in order to avoid unwarranted panic on the one hand, and on the other hand to detect and treat heart disease in a timely manner. Relying on wrong assumptions and believing myths can damage your heart, so everyone should be aware of the correct information.
Let’s discuss some of the most common myths about heart attacks.
10 Common Myths About Heart Attacks
Myth 1: I’m too young to have heart disease
Your likelihood of developing cardiovascular problems later in life depends on your current lifestyle choices. Plaque can build up in the arteries as early as infancy and adolescence and eventually lead to artery blockage. Heart problems can affect anyone, including young and middle-aged people, especially given risk factors such as obesity, Type 2 diabetesand other diseases are becoming increasingly common in children and adolescents.
Avoiding processed or packaged meals, foods high in saturated fats, or sweets, and getting at least an hour of physical activity each day can help.
Myth 2: My genes predispose me to heart disease, so there’s nothing I can do to avoid it
You are at higher risk if your family history is known. However, if you are aware of this, you can take certain precautions to reduce the dangers. Get exercise, eat well, manage your weight, quit smoking, and keep an eye on your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure.
Myth 3: Heart disease is an issue for men, not women
Cardiovascular diseases are still the leading cause of death in women. Women’s risk of CVD increases beyond the age of 60. After menopause, the risk is usually fairly evenly distributed among women. Women can experience different symptoms, including abdominal discomfort, dizziness, shortness of breath, sweating, acute fatigue, back pain, and very fast heartbeat.
Myth 4: Chest pain is the only sign of a heart attack
Chest pain is the most common sign of a heart attack, but not the main symptom. In fact, many people experience heart attacks without chest discomfort or pain at all.
Shortness of breath, heartburn, upper abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, back pain, jaw pain, dizziness, and excessive fatigue are other symptoms to watch out for. The majority of heart attacks in men, as opposed to women, are silent heart attacks, also known as silent myocardial infarctions.
Myth 6: You should avoid exercise if you have heart disease
That’s a clear myth. Exercise improves blood circulation throughout the body and helps the heart muscle grow stronger.
Guidelines for exercise in people with cardiovascular disease were published by the European Society of Cardiology stating that exercise has a very low chance of causing a heart attack or cardiac arrest. People who are completely sedentary and those with serious heart conditions should talk to their doctor before engaging in athletics or high-intensity exercise.
Myth 7: Vitamins can prevent heart disease
There is no evidence that taking vitamin supplements reduces the risk of heart disease, although most vitamins, when taken in the prescribed amounts, are unlikely to be harmful to heart health. In addition, they cannot replace a balanced diet and plenty of exercise.
Myth 8: Having enough good cholesterol can neutralize bad cholesterol
It was often believed that high levels of good cholesterol would mitigate the effects of high levels of bad cholesterol, but current research has disproved this.
Doctors are increasingly focusing on LDL cholesterol rather than total cholesterol, which is both your “good” High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol and “bad” low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
High HDL levels are undoubtedly beneficial, but they also indicate that your body may still be storing cholesterol in your arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other problems.
Myth 9: Leg pain has nothing to do with heart disease
People often assume that leg discomfort is a sign of aging, but it really can be caused by a blockage in the leg artery, putting the patient at a higher risk of heart attacks.
Myth 10: Diabetes does not affect the heart if a person takes antidiabetic drugs
Risk factors for both diabetes and heart disease include high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, etc. So even if blood sugar levels are under control, there is still a risk of heart disease.
Heart disease is a significant problem that requires proper medical care. Don’t let false assumptions and myths about yourself or your age stop you from taking care of your heart health.
Although common, heart disease is not inevitable. Regardless of our age, we can all make lifestyle changes to reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular problems.
Please do not hesitate to speak to our experienced cardiologist if you have suffered from symptoms of heart disease for a long period of time. Now it’s time to schedule a consultation and heart screening test.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. What are 2 random facts about heart disease?
- Your heart will beat about 115,000 times every day.
- Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day.
Q. What are the 4 most common heart diseases?
- Heart attack
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
Q. What is a known fact about the heart?
The average adult heart is the size of a fist.
Q. What is the most common cause of heart disease?
High blood pressure and high cholesterol
Q. Who suffers more from heart attacks?
Cardiovascular disease is most common in people over 50, and your risk of developing it increases comparatively with age.
Written by Anjali Sharma