Setting The Record Straight on Common Cardiovascular Myths

In a world where many of us believe that a heart attack only happens to those who are over the age of 50, there are many common heart health misconceptions that we should be aware of. It can be dangerous relying on assumptions about our health, especially when it comes to cardiac monitoring and heart disease. If you have ever thought of any of these myths, it’s time to think again and set the record straight.

1. “It won’t affect me since I’m young.” Believe it or not, heart disease can affect people of all ages. Though the risk increases with age, we are seeing more people in their 30s and 40s suffering from heart attacks than ever before.

2. “My parents had heart disease, so I will too.” Although you may have a higher risk of developing heart disease if it runs in the family, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk including staying active, watching your cholesterol, maintaining a healthy weight, watching what you eat and more.

3. “A few extra pounds don’t hurt.” Obesity can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure, two risk factors of heart disease. Lowering your body weight by just 10 percent can reduce your risks significantly more than you may believe.

4. “I will know when I’m having a heart attack.” Although it’s common to experience chest pain, some symptoms may actually be quite subtle. You may experience shortness of breath, nausea, the feeling of being lightheaded, or neck or back pain. If you are unsure, it’s important to call 911 immediately.

5. “Those who exercise shouldn’t worry about heart health.” It’s a common belief that those who do not eat well are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, but just because you are eating healthy and maintaining your weight doesn’t necessarily leave you in the clear. Uncontrollable risk factors, like age or genetics can increase your risk. It’s important to see a doctor on a regular basis to keep your heart in check.

Don’t rely on some of these myths to make yourself feel better about heart health. Cardiac monitoring is an important aspect in making sure you understand where your health stands. ReactDx specializes in ambulatory cardiac monitoring to meet the needs of health professionals. To learn more about our products, call us at 1-800-23-HEART.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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