5 Heart Disease Misconceptions
It's easy to get lost in a labyrinth of data about the planet's No. 1 killer. Yes, it's true. For both males and females, heart disease is the # 1 killer. It kills more people than all forms of tumors combined. It's an equal opportunity destroyer. Anyone, at any place, at any time may be at risk of having a cardiac event. This risk is even greater if you happen to be black or if you happen to be over the age sixty five. Yet, despite the prevalence of this deadly killer, many myths and misconceptions still exist. Here are the 5 most common myths debunked.
Myth #1: Only older adults need to worry about their cardiovascular system.
Factors that may actually lead to a heart attack build-up over years. Being a couch-potato, boredom eating and rarely exercising are all really bad habits that often begin in childhood days. An increasing number of medical experts are witnessing stroke patients in their 20's and 30's rather than the usual patients in their 50's and 60's. Simply being healthy and at the correct bodyweight does not make you immune, however, exercising regularly and maintaining a good body weight does help. You still need to check your high cholesterol and blood pressure level. The right cholesterol (or lipid profile) quantity should be below 200 mg/dL and a good blood pressure is about 120/80.
Myth #2: I'd feel sick if I had high blood pressure or high-cholesterol.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol are termed "silent killers" because they do no exhibit signals. One third of all mature people have high blood pressure and, of those, one-third are unaware that they have got it. High cholesterol levels are a measure of the fats stocked by your blood. Fats can be dropped anywhere in your physique, but tend to congregate around internal organs as well as your heart. This tends to run in family members so even if you're at a good weight and do not smoke, have you need to have your cholesterol and blood pressure examined frequently. Once isn't enough.
Myth #3: Men and women DON'T feel the same signals.
Males and females can, in fact, experience any of the warning signs, however, they typically don't. Ladies usually tend to have the subtler symptoms while males more regularly experience the more expressive forms. Both men and women may experience the "grab-your-chest-and-fall-down-gasping" kind of heart attack, but not necessarily. It is quite common to experience subtler symptoms such as jaw achiness, nausea or vomiting, breathlessness and intense low energy. Unfortunately, these subtler symptoms often tend to get described away. "My jaw hurt simply because I chewed my lunch too hard," or, "I'm probably out of breath because I ate too much." You need to pay close attention to your own body and to all the signs and symptoms.
Myth #4: Assuming that high blood glucose levels or being diabetic isn't a heart threat.
Although trying to keep your blood glucose level with a proper range (80ml-120ml) will help keep you healthy, simply having the extra glucose in your blood increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, angina, and coronary artery disease. Nearly 65 percent of people with diabetes will die from heart disease and stroke. In fact, diabetic adults are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes. Healthy adults should get at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity, eat the proper foods, eat more fibre, quit smoking and take medications as directed in order to help control blood glucose levels. Don't forget to also test your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Myth #5: My medical doctor would order medical tests if I were at risk of cardiovascular disease.
Quite often, most people fail to inform their doctor of the little pains they feel. The medical doctors, not knowing most of the things we considered 'unimportant,' might pass over heart tests. Heart scans can find plaque build-up in your arterial blood vessels before you even know you have a problem but unfortunately heart scans aren't usually performed unless the doctor believes the patient is at risk of an immediate cardiovascular issue. That means all those "unimportant issues" we fail to report may leave our doctors just as unaware of our budding heart disease as we are, leaving far too many people go undiagnosed and untreated. With early detection, there is time to slow or even reverse the course of heart disease.
M. M. Bruce has a college diploma in Medical care from the University of Glasgow. She also counselled and trained adult nutrition in Adult Treatment centers.
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