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The 14 Biggest and Deadliest Heart Myths

Updated on July 13, 2009
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The 14 Biggest and Deadliest Heart Myths

People harbor wrong notions about heart disease and treatment, which can prove harmful to heart-health. Worse, some patients fabricate their own myths and fallacies out of sheer stubbornness in order to continue to vices. Here, Dr. Carisma and Dr. Michael Mogadam explains some of the myths and fallacies that they have encountered in their clinical practice.

Dr. Michael Mogadam

  • Myth #1—Heart disease and heart attacks are an inevitable part of aging. Truth —Your risk of a heart attack does NOT have to increase as you age. (In fact, keep reading and you'll learn how to completely eliminate it!)
  • Myth #2—Cholesterol is the leading cause of heart disease and heart attacks. Truth — Most people who die because of heart disease may have low or normal cholesterol levels. You should focus on cholesterol, so that you could easily overlook much more important risk factors.
  • Myth #3—Blood pressure drugs help you avoid heart problems and live longer. Truth —Blood pressure drugs usually don't help you live longer or lower your heart attack risk.
  • Myth #4—Aggressive, "type A" behavior increases your risk of a heart attack. Truth —Being an aggressive, "type A" personality is perfectly harmless to your heart. But certain overlooked emotions do skyrocket your risk.
  • Myth #5— Low-fat, low cholesterol diets are good for you and your heart. Truth — Low-fat, low cholesterol diets are even worse than useless (and so depressing). They can actually harm you.
  • Myth #6 — Any exercise is always good for your heart. Truth — Strenuous exercise can actually increase your risk of heart disease by 10,000 percent.
  • Myth #7—There are two kinds of cholesterol: Good and bad. Truth — There's good, good cholesterol and bad, good cholesterol. Likewise, there's bad cholesterol and REALLY bad cholesterol. (Many die because they don't know this information.)
  • Myth #8 — You should eat less salt. Truth — Not all people benefit from eating less salt, because eating less salt can also be harmful to your health.
  • Myth #9—If your 'overweight', You should lose weight. Truth —Likewise, only some people who are considered "overweight" really need to lose weight for their heart health. It depends on one factor.
  • Myth #10—There's no way to absolutely, positively avoid a heart attack.Truth — You can absolutely, positively eliminate any risk of a heart attack for yourself and those you love
  • According to Dr. Mogadam, "every heart attack is now preventable"..

According to Dr. Carisma

  • Myth 1# - Once my blood pressure normalizes, there is no need for me continue taking my medication. Fact: False. Once a hypertensive. Once you're on medication, you should take them regularly.
  • Myth #2 - My blood pressure is already normal. I don'y have to go for regular checkups. Fact: False. The doctor needs to examine you regularly for any changes in your blood pressure and then adjust the dose of any medication you are taking. If you are faithful to the lifestyle changes prescribed for you, the dose of the drugs you are taking may be decreased.
  • Myth # 3 - "I'm sure I do'nt have heart diseasr even if I'm smoking. Just look at my neighbors. One neighbors smokes, but he's very healthy. My other neighbor who is not a smoker got sick and dies." Fact: This is just pure stubbornness on the part of the patient. This statement is often made in order for the patient to accommodate his / her vices/
  • Myth #4 - "It's impossible for me to get heart disease because it does not run in our family". Fact: While heart and cardiovascular disease do have heredofamilial tendencies, it does not necessarily mean that if your parents or grandparents were spared of the problem, you would not have it yourself.


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