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Top 5 Myths About Heart Health

It's American Heart Month!

Photo of a person holding snow in their hands and the snow is shaped like a heart.

February is a time of year when we see hearts everywhere. That may be why it’s designated as American Heart Month. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease. That’s why CarePro would like to spread awareness about these conditions by debunking these five myths about heart health:

Myth 1: Bypass will fix it.

While bypass surgery can relieve chest pain and improve your quality of life, it cannot cure atherosclerosis itself. The best way to combat this is to take your medication and correct your diet and exercise routines.

Myth 2: You should take it easy on exercise if you have heart disease.

While you should consult your doctor about what kind of exercise is safe for you, cutting out exercise entirely can be counter-productive. A lack of movement can lead to blood clots, which in turn can lead to more heart issues over time.

Myth 3: Hypertension happens when you get older.

High blood pressure is common among senior citizens, but it is not something you should just accept as a normal part of aging. It often occurs because arteries become stiff with age, causing the heart to pump harder, which can lead to hypertension. If this happens to you, see your doctor about getting on medication that can counter this.

Myth 4: My medication means I can eat whatever I like!

Drugs that fight high cholesterol or diabetes can fight the effects of certain diseases, but an unhealthy lifestyle can easily undo some of that.

Myth 5: I’ve already done extensive damage by smoking, it’s too late to quit.

Within a year of ceasing cigarettes, your chance of having a heart attack is reduced by 50 percent. Ten years after you stop smoking, it will be as if you never smoked at all. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how long you smoked or how much you smoked in a day—you can always make the change to diminish your chances of heart disease.

It’s important that you take charge of your health, especially if you have a condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure. We carry a number of items that can help you improve your cardiovascular health, including ambulatory aids that can help you move around, CPAP machines, prescription medications and vitamins/supplements.

Contact us today for information about how these products can make your life easier.