• Heart Health Myths Busted and How to Load a Better Plate

    Heart Health Myths Busted and How to Load a Better Plate

There are a lot of myths out there about your heart health and heart disease. We are here today to clear up some confusion. Not only is it essential to know the facts and the fiction of heart disease, but you also need to know what to put on your plate for cardiovascular wellness. Here, you will get the best of both worlds.

Heart Health Myths

If I Had High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol, I’d know it.

No, unfortunately, you wouldn’t unless you received a blood pressure test. That’s the only sure way to determine hypertension (high blood pressure) or high cholesterol. The symptoms and risk factors are commonly silent. A person can be in shape and thin but still have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Heart Disease Looks the Same in Men and Women

Not true, we’re afraid. Heart disease affects the sexes very differently. According to one study published in Circulation, 43% of women felt no chest pain before a heart attack and were more likely to experience fatigue and sleep disturbances instead. Although men tend to have more “classic” symptoms, they are less prevalent in women. 

Young Women Aren’t at Risk for Heart Disease

Our research determined that this too is a myth. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. It’s not just a concern for women in their 60’s and 70’s but a problem for the young as well. As the risk factors that contribute to heart disease increase at younger ages, so too does the risk of heart disease. The factors include:

  • Type Two Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension

Exercise and Activity is Bad For You If You Have a Heart Condition

As you may have guessed, this is not only a myth but a particularly detrimental one. After a heart attack, most people are encouraged to get right into rehabilitation and an exercise routine, usually with a coach. There are very few people who would be restricted significantly from exercise.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Aspirin are Good For Heart Health

For the most part, this one is true. However, there are some caveats to their benefits. Common aspirin recommendations for heart attack prevention occur at age 50 for men and 65 for women, if there are no other complications. That being said, aspirin can exacerbate stomach issues and some allergies.

Omega 3 fatty acids are especially beneficial to people who already suffer from cardiovascular issues and are trying to prevent another from occurring. However, taking a higher than the recommended daily dosage can lead to excessive bleeding.

How to Load Your Plate for Heart Health

The obvious answer is “with heart-healthy foods.” Here is a list of foods to add to your daily diet to promote heart health:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Berries
  • Avocados
  • Fatty fish
  • Walnuts
  • Beans
  • Dark chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Almonds
  • Seeds
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Edamame
  • Green tea

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