Navigation Links
Believing Myths and Misconceptions About Heart Disease May Increase Heart Attack Risk, from the June 2013 Harvard Heart Letter

Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 17, 2013

Knowledge about heart disease changes quickly, but our beliefs don't always keep up. As a result, misconceptions abound. The June 2013 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter addresses ten commonly held but mistaken, ideas about heart disease.

For example, many people believe that everyone with heart disease should eat as little fat as possible. In reality, eating some fats actually lowers the risk of heart disease. These healthy fats include unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils and other foods, and omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and other fatty fishes. The ones to be avoided, because they boost heart attack risk, are saturated and trans fats.

Another myth is that people with heart disease should take it easy. Not so. Physical activity is beneficial for both the healthy heart and the diseased heart. It strengthens the heart muscle, increases blood flow to the heart and brain, and improves overall health.

Here's another: it's okay for blood pressure to rise with age. High blood pressure is a sign that artery walls are becoming stiff. That forces the heart to pump harder, which damages arteries over time. When blood pressure rises above 140/90 millimeters of mercury at any age, it needs attention.

Another common belief is that it's okay to eat anything if you take a cholesterol-lowering drug. In reality, eating foods high in cholesterol and saturated fat make these drugs less effective or even ineffective.

Other myths and misconceptions cover diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the benefits of taking vitamins and minerals, "it's too late to quit smoking," small heart attacks, angioplasty and stenting or bypass surgery as "cures" for heart disease, and gender.

Read the full-length article: "10 myths about heart disease"

Also in the June 2013 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter:

  •     Diet and lifestyle changes than can reduce dependence on blood pressure drugs
  •     Foods, beverages, and supplements to avoid when taking heart medications
  •     What questions to ask when a drug comes under fire
  •     How to prepare for a safe vacation

The Harvard Heart Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Its OK for Kids to Keep Believing in Santa, Expert Says
2. Seeing is believing: Biologists and physicists produce revealing images of cell organization, behavior
3. Forget Flu Shot Myths, Protect Yourself This Season
4. Dr. Ty Vincent Releases New Book That Busts Modern Medical Myths
5. Dr. Alavi Responds to Common Plastic Surgery Myths
6. Jonny Bowden Names 8 Cholesterol Myths, Publishes New Book
7. Study Shows Weight-Loss Myths Abound
8. 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium will unveil new research, dispel gluten-free myths
9. Fitness Experts Dispel Common Exercise Myths
10. Premium Astrology Client Care Team Receives New Reviews Despite Online Myths
11. Jack Kelly, Founder Of Lazarus House, Has Announced The Release Of His Book, RADICAL RECOVERY: Twelve Recovery Myths - The Addiction Survivor's Guide To The Twelve Steps.
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a weight loss ... plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise program ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily customize each ... Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures into hand ... select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in the Final ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, ... the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. ... toward their goal. , Research from reveals that behind the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to ... came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. ... magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families pay ... be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 ... the appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher ... Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher was ... Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive member ... independent expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx in ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Any dentist who has made an ... current process. Many of them do not even offer this ... and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE able ... such a high cost that the majority of today,s patients ... Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... Devices Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" ... The report contains up to date financial data derived ... Assessment of major trends with potential impact on the market ... of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: