JAYHAWK PHARMACY BLOG

Top 5 Myths About Heart Health

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, which is why the American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month. Jayhawk Pharmacy would like to raise awareness about this disease, which is why we are debunking these top five myths about heart health:

Myth 1: Higher blood pressure is normal in older age.

While hypertension may be common among senior citizens, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Arteries become stiff with age, which cause the heart to pump harder, leading to higher blood pressure. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure. There are some treatments to bring it down.

Myth 2: You should cut back on exercise if you have heart disease.

According to Harvard Health, remaining sedentary is actually a bad idea if you have heart disease, as it can lead to blood clots. An active lifestyle strengthens the heart muscles and improves blood circulation. Consult your doctor before you begin an exercise regimen.

Myth 3: My medication makes me invincible to heart disease.

Medicine that helps with diabetes and high cholesterol can cut back on the effects of certain diseases, but if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, you will mitigate the effectiveness of those drugs.

Myth 4: I’ve already done extensive damage by smoking, I may as well continue.

Within a year of ceasing cigarettes, your chance of having a heart attack goes down by 50 percent. Ten years after you stop smoking, it will be as if you never smoked at all. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how long you smoked or how many cigarettes a day you smoked.

Myth 5: Cutting out all fat will help me fight heart disease.

Some fat is bad for you, and should be cut out. Saturated fats, trans fat and partially hydrogenated fats are all examples of this. Other fats, however, are good for you, such as omega-3 fatty acids.

 

At Jayhawk Pharmacy, we encourage all our customers to pay close attention to their heart health! We carry a number of items that can improve heart health, including light exercise equipment and CPAP supplies.

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