Mythbuster: Common Heart Health Misconceptions

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With so much information flowing through the Internet and across countless social media sites, it’s easy to get confused as to which heart health news may be more myth than actual reality. What was good is now bad, and what was bad is now not quite as bad, or actually even good for you? It’s difficult to keep up sometimes, so here’s a list of heart health myths you may think are the real deal, but aren’t.

Separating Heart Health Myths From The Truth

If my chest doesn’t hurt then I’m not having a heart attack.

True, a heart attack often involves a feeling of pressure or pain in the chest area, but it’s not a given. You may only feel pain in your left arm, back, jaw, or neck and some nausea, shortness of breath, or dizziness.

Women don’t have to worry about heart disease

This is a common belief, but it’s actually quite far from the truth. In fact, heart disease is the leading killer of women over the age of 65 (the same as men).

I don’t need to be concerned if I had a small heart attack. I hardly even noticed it.

Any type of heart-related medical issue is definitely a cause for concern. Even if you did have what might be considered a minor cardiovascular incident, it’s a huge red flag warning that your heart health is not what it should be, and the next one may not be so small.

I should cut back on exercise and take it super easy after a heart attack.

Actually, you should be doing exactly the opposite. Your doctor will provide you with a workout routine designed specifically for you and your upcoming recovery process, and you should strive to adhere to it as much as possible. It should be gradual, but getting yourself (and subsequently, your heart) active can literally add years to your life – especially after a heart attack.