Don’t believe everything you read about Coronary Artery Disease – here are 9 widely spread myths about CAD.
Coronary artery disease is one of the leading causes of medical death in the world. One of the strongest and most resilient organs in the human body, the human heart is almost mythical in its workings. While there are a number of heart diseases that a person could be afflicted with, coronary artery disease or CAD is the most common affliction. It is caused by the narrowing or hardening of the heart arteries which in turn may cause a heart attack. You may have read a lot about CAD and what causes it, but there are many myths out there that you might consider to be the truth. Here’s an attempt at debunking the most widely spread coronary artery disease myths.
Many people believe that CAD only affects senior citizens. The truth is that one in three Americans suffer from coronary artery disease, and age has little to do with the condition. CAD is caused by plaque accumulation that eventually leads to clogged arteries. Even young and middle-aged people can suffer from CAD. Risk factors that increase the likelihood of having coronary artery disease include type 2 diabetes, obesity, etc.
While it’s true that it is a good idea to relax and take some time off after diagnosis, being completely sedentary is not necessary, and indeed, not advisable. When President D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in 1954, most people thought that would be the end of his tenure. But Ike along with his Harvard cardiologist Dr. Dudley White proved the world wrong. Eisenhower got on a regular walking program and began to pay more stringent attention to what he was eating in order to keep the disease at bay. Take a cue from Ike – modern cardiac rehabilitation is the way to go! There is no reason whatsoever to give up on the idea of living an active, fulfilling life post-diagnosis.
In general, the idea is that only people who don’t exercise, who smoke and drink, have weight issues and lots of stress, and eat processed food items, can have coronary artery disease. This is not wholly true. While it is true that these lifestyle choices can put you at a higher risk of getting CAD, the real truth is that whether or not you get the disease is largely dependent on your immune system. When it comes to cardiovascular disease, research shows that the root cause is inflammations in the body. You could be doing it all right, but if your immune system is weak and inflammations are a regular occurrence, you will be at a greater risk of suffering from dangerous health issues like CAD.
Discover top tips for a healthy body and mind with our weekly wellbeing newsletter.
Join our mailing list today.