Medical Myths of Heart Disease

Happy 57th Birthday, Heart Disease Month! Back in 1964, seniors began celebrating awareness of cardiovascular issues and prevention methods. Mortality has slowly dropped since 1970, but heart disease still accounts for 25 percent of deaths in the U.S.

Along the way, myths surrounding heart disease bubbled-up. It may be time to reevaluate and what is fact or fiction. For example, many people believe that heart disease is a given since your family members suffer from it. While you may be more susceptible, diet and exercise habits play a significant role, which families tend to share. You may merely be following poor lifestyle factors you learned in childhood.

Vitamins do not protect you from cardiovascular issues. They provide various benefits, but researchers studied data of over two million people and found that vitamins showed no improvements in cardiovascular outcomes in the general population.

Fads for heart health include a fat-free diet. In reality, unsaturated fats are beneficial. Fatty fish such as salmon and lake trout contain omega-3 fatty acids that protect your heart. You can enjoy plants–derived fats found in soybeans and walnuts.

Read HERE to learn about ten myths and why following the facts may save your life.