Heart Attack Risks Myths Busted
A common cardiac myth is that if you have heart disease or are at risk of a heart attack or cardiac event that you need to slow down and take it easy. Over the past several years, cardiologists have learned extensively about what causes heart attacks, and remaining sedentary, unless advised by a medical professional, is not recommended. Instead, meet with your cardiologist to discuss what kind of active lifestyle is right for you.
"I'm going to have a heart attack because my father, grandmother, uncle, and sister had a heart attack." Although your risk for a heart attack increases based on your family history, meeting with your doctor can help you understand your specific risks and ways to reduce that risk.
Another cardiac myth is that it's okay to have higher blood pressure when you're older. While blood pressure does rise with age, this doesn't mean that it's okay for your body. Stiff arteries force the heart to pump your blood harder, and the overworked heart muscle can become damaged.
If you someone you know has these risk factors and is not currently seeking the advice of a health care provider, encourage them to do so. Together you and your doctor can create a plan to prevent or manage your risk factors.