These are myriad myths held by many Americans when it comes to heart disease. With February being National Heart Health Month, Brand New Day, a California Medicare Advantage plan, warns the public to be armed with the latest facts to stay heart-healthy.
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National Heart Month In February Turns
Spotlight On Cardiac Disease Myths
With February being National Heart
Health Month, experts at Brand New
Day, a California Medicare
Advantage health plan, say that the
public should be armed with the
latest facts to stay heart healthy.
"A whopping 25% of all deaths in the United
States can be attributed to cardiac disease,"
says Brand New Day Medical Director Michael
Tehrani "As healthcare professionals, it is
important for us to impart our knowledge to the
public to reduce their chances of succumbing to
America's number one
FACT Heart disease can
strike anyone at any age
despite appearances that
might suggest otherwise.
FACT Every year since
1984, deaths from heart
disease in women have
surpassed that of men.
In the year after a heart
attack, women are 28%
more likely to die than men.
FACT The benefits of quitting
smoking start the minute one
quits, no matter the age, how
long the individual has smoked or
how many cigarettes a day
Only one year after quitting,
one's risk of heart attack will
drop by 50% and in 10 years,
it will be the same as if the
person never smoked.
MYTH Those with heart
disease should stop
eating fatty foods.
FACT While It's true that eating a diet
low in saturated fat is beneficial, there
are some forms of fat like those found
in vegetable oil, fish high in omega-3
fatty acids and unsalted nuts that can
actually lower the risk of heart disease.
FACT Research shows that heart attack
survivors who engage in moderate-
intensity activities including walking,
jogging, bike riding and swimming live
longer than those who don't, though one
should consult their doctor before
embarking on such a program.
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