Heart and vascular diseases are a common reason for seeking medical help for people of any age. However, many believe that this problem will not affect them. But the myths of heart disease are still very tenacious and widespread.


Myth 1. A healthy lifestyle will 100% protect against heart disease.

A healthy lifestyle and dieting improve the quality of life and help maintain the health of the cardiovascular system, but do not give such guarantees.

The risk of heart disease increases under the influence of certain factors that a person is not able to control. For example age, gender, and hereditary factors.

Myth 2. Heart diseases are genetic. If my parents did not have them, then I will not.

There are risk factors that a person can control, such as nutrition, smoking, and exercise. But overweight, chronic stress and smoking can cause the disease, even with good heredity.

Myth 3. Heart disease is the lot of the elderly.

According to heart Treatment hospitals, many problems of the cardiovascular system begin at a young age. Particularly susceptible to this are obese young people and those who have a hereditary predisposition to heart disease in the family.

Myth 4. I will feel bad if I have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

This is one of the most common mistakes. High cholesterol does not affect well-being. Many people do not feel high blood pressure. You can monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure at least once a year so you can get medical attention on time.

Myth 5. A glass of wine protects against heart disease.

Recent studies have shown that a small amount of alcohol per day, such as a glass of wine, favorably affects the functioning of the cardiovascular system. However, no one will be able to establish the amount of alcohol that is “safe” for you. And an excessive amount can become a poison for the cells of your heart and lead to negative consequences. By the way, useful substances similar to those found in wine are in grape juice and green tea. And for health, these products are certainly healthier than alcohol.

Myth 6. Sleeping on the left side is bad for the heart.

Many, indeed, are sure of this. In fact, the situation during sleep does not entail changes in the work of the heart, even in people with heart diseases. Simply, when you sleep on the left side, you feel the heartbeat, but on the right - no. And this feeling of palpitations becomes a source of anxiety for many people.

Myth 7. Losing weight to the heart will not help.

The research results show that getting rid of only nine percent of excess weight leads to an improvement in several indicators of the cardiovascular system at once: the thickness of the heart muscle decreases, the pumping function of the heart improves, the heart muscle begins to fully relax, etc.

Myth 8. Fats cause cardiovascular disease.

As per cardiac treatment hospitals in Delhi, an increase in the number of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases is associated with the use of large quantities of commercial vegetable oils. Among those who use margarine, heart disease is twice as common as among those who use butter (the main thing is not to overdo it with the amount!).

This is due to the fact that natural animal fats contain many nutrients that protect the body from cardiovascular diseases. Vegetable fats and fish oils contain omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, which lower the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood and reduce the risk of heart disease.