The Truth About Heart Disease

 

Technology and science have advanced a lot in recent years, and over the past decade, we’ve learned a great deal about what causes heart attacks, heart disease, and how to prevent them. With lots of misleading information out there, it can be hard to understand the truth about our heart health and what is best for us. While you should always talk to your doctor before making lifestyle changes, take a look at a few of the most common heart health myths and the truth behind them.

 

Myth: If you have heart disease, you should take it easy and rest often.

For the vast majority of people, even those with heart disease, being sedentary is a bad idea. It can lead to blood clots in the legs and an overall decline in physical health. Physical activity helps to strengthen the heart muscle, proves blood flow to the brain, and increase overall health. Ask a doctor what kind of exercise would be right for you – but, in short, keep up the exercise.

 

Myth: It’s okay to have higher blood pressure when you’re older.

Blood pressure tends to rise with age, but the fact that this trend is common doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. High blood pressure causes more strain on the heart to pump harder, and the overworked muscle becomes less effective. This damages arteries and invites fat into the artery walls. This is how high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

Myth: If you have heart disease, you should eat as little fat as possible.

Although you should eat a diet low in saturated and trans fats, a little healthy fat is good for us. The fat in avocados and nuts are beneficial and you should include small portions of these foods into your daily diet. Avoid dairy, fast food, meat, and too much oil to limit your fat intake.

 

We hope the truth behind these myths inspires you to make positive changes to your heart! For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the team at Kneller Agency today.

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