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Most Common Heart Myths and the Truth Behind Them

by Shahid Ibrahim about a year ago in health

A cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around one’s body and they start breathing abnormally. The person will be unconscious and should be given CPR.

All of us, at some point in our lives, will get some sort of heart-related issues. However, not all heart problems are the same. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most common heart-related myths and we will know the truth behind them.

Taking Statins will damage your heart

Statins have been proven to reduce the risk of someone dying from a heart attack or a stroke, according to evidence provided by BHF-funded research. Currently, statins are one of the safest and most studied medications available in the market.

However, like all medications, statins have potential side effects. The most common side effects include muscular aches and pains but most people don’t experience anything. Statins rarely have any serious side effects.

Those who are prescribed a statin should take it every day as it is most beneficial when taken on a long-term basis.

Cardiac arrest and heart attack are the same thing s

Heart attack occurs due to the blockage of one of the coronary arteries. Due to the blockage, the heart is unable to receive vital blood supply and will begin to kerfuffle because of a lack of oxygen. In most cases, the person who has had a heart attack will remain conscious.

A cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around one’s body and they start breathing abnormally. The person will be unconscious and should be given CPR.

Many cardiac arrests happen due to a heart attack. A person who is having a heart attack may develop an unusual rhythm, which can be the cause of cardiac arrest.

Heart disease is caused by poor lifestyle choices and is preventable

Heart diseases can also be hereditary. However, there are other factors that cause heart-related issues which are still unclear and need more research in this area.

Coughing during a heart attack could save your life

There is a widespread myth that when you are alone and having a heart attack you can cough vigorously to help yourself out of the attack. However, there is no medical evidence behind this theory.

If you get a cardiac arrest, you would go unconscious and without immediate CPR, you might even die. If you are conscious then you are not having a cardiac arrest and therefore CPR is not needed but urgent medical help is critical and you can also consult with nutritionists for heart problems to figure out a better meal plan.

You can have a “minor” heart attack

Heart attacks can vary in intensity and are divided into two categories: STEMI and nSTEMI. When a total blockage of the main artery occurs, it is called STEMI. nSTEMI, the more common of the two, is a partial blockage of one or more arteries. Both deal with serious damage to the heart muscle. Any heart attack is an emergency, though nSTEMI has a long-term recovery prospect.

Heart attack is a man’s disease

The number of men and women dying from heart-related diseases is the same. In fact, coronary heart disease kills more than twice as many women as breast cancer.

Looking at these numbers, we understand that the myth that heart diseases don’t affect women and are reserved for middle-aged men is worrying. Women should be aware of how heart diseases can affect them and how they can go around preventing it from happening.

Heart failure is when your heart stops beating

Heart failure refers to when our heart is unable to pump blood through the body properly. It can either develop suddenly or grow over time.

One of the most common reasons for heart failure is a damaged heart, for instance, after a heart attack.

A cardiac arrest does not mean the person’s heart has stopped beating. It means the blood has stopped flowing to the brain and other vital organs which can be the cause of death for the person, if they are not taken into immediate medical care.


Shahid Ibrahim

Shahid Ibrahim is a blogging enthusiast. He loves sharing information and idea through the power of word across the whole world.

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