Myths of Heart Health

January 7, 2015Comments Off on Myths of Heart Health

Ask anyone what they think are the things that could keep your heart healthy, and you would probably end up with answers that include dark chocolates, red wine, bottles of aspirin, and even some nightcap. The question now is, are all of these things true for your heart? You might be surprised at the answer:

Myth #1. Dark Chocolate

Now, before you panic, you might want to hear us out first. The reason why dark chocolate is good for the heart rests on the fact that there were actually minor studies made about it. However, you have to keep in mind that there are different kinds of studies involved in the medical field before something could be considered as a reliable practice. In this case, for example, most studies published were merely observational studies. Having said that, there is some truth to these claims though. Unfortunately, while dark chocolates might be good for the heart, its effect is not as significant as what most people presume. It is also good to keep in mind that chocolate itself contains a lot of sugar as well as calories.

Myth #2. Stress

In general, stress is bad for your heart. However, you need to understand that it is not the sole factor for determining whether you are at risk for cardiac arrest. As what most medical professionals would tell you, the human body has the capacity to adapt to changes in his or her environment. That being the case, stress can increase the risk for cardiac arrest but it would most likely be not the sole reason for it.

Myth #3. Fish Oil and other Food Supplement

Not that food supplement is bad for you but, you have to keep in mind that most food supplements out in the market are not regulated by FDA. Having said that, one of the most common food supplements that people buy is fish oil. Unfortunately, although most people believe it to be good for the heart, that is not always the case. In fact, instead of lowering your LDL, also known as the bad cholesterol, it actually increases it. This is aside from the fact that there is a probability the food supplement could have contraindications with whatever medication you are currently having.

Myth #4. Eggs

For quite a long time, people have believed eggs, the whites in particular, to be so laden with cholesterol that consuming more than one each day could lead to hypertension and, possibly, heart attack. Recent studies, however, have shown that there is very little truth to this. Far from it, eggs are actually a natural source of omega-3 which could lower your risk for a heart attack. Of course, it goes without saying that this is only true if you eat in moderation.

No matter the case, however, you need to make sure that you are ready at all times. This can be done by making sure you undergo CPR training programs or, at least have an AED unit on hand. That way, whether you are having a heart attack or someone needs help, you would always know how to deal with the situation.