Although heart disease is extremely common among American adults, there are many misconceptions about this condition that could prevent you from following healthy habits that will reduce your risk. In order to fully understand the realities of heart disease and how it may affect your life, you should consider making an appointment with a cardiologist. During this doctor’s visit, you can discuss a wide range of heart disease myths, including those listed below.
Heart disease in an old man’s illness
Heart disease can affect a person at any age , so it is never too early to consider heart health screenings and preventive measures to avoid a heart attack in the future. It is also important to note that heart disease affects men and women almost equally, but women are much less aware that they are at risk.
Diabetes does not affect heart disease risk
If you have diabetes that is managed with medication, heart disease is still not out of the picture. While managing your blood sugar is an important step to reduce your heart disease risk as a diabetic, it is not the only way to keep your heart healthy. Other health factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol should still be maintained along with blood sugar.
Heart attacks are always marked by chest pain
The iconic image of what a heart attack looks like is actually a poor representation of what most people experience. Chest pain may be present, but it is only one of many signs to look out for when a heart attack is suspected. Nausea, shortness of breath, pain in the upper body and face, and lightheadedness can all indicate a heart attack, and these symptoms may or may not be accompanied by chest pain.
With Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you can dispel even more heart disease myths throughout American Heart Month this February. You can connect with us for a schedule of hospital events by visiting our website, or find answers to your questions by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.