As medical researches advance, the risk factors, causes or even heart disease itself are now more up-to-date. Are you in the right path in heart health? Not sure? Let’s have a look at the following myths, be sure you get the right information to better protect your heart.
1. Is heart disease the “privilege” of men?
Heart disease, is always regarded as a man’s disease, it indeed affects women as well. It is an enduring myth that it affects more men than women. The truth is, men tend to develop heart disease earlier in life than women, but after menopause, more women will show onsets of heart diseases and they catch up. According to the data from Hong Kong Department of Health, more male died from coronary heart diseases (male to female ratio = 1.4:1), but the gender gap narrowed when age increased.
Changing lifestyles are the cause to blame for increasing incidence of heart disease among women. Women nowadays are leading a more hectic life with less exercise, unhealthy diet, and excessive drinking when compared to decades ago, which may be the reason why there are more and more women getting heart disease.
2. Do people with certain ethnicities have a higher chance of heart disease?
Many risk factors associated with heart disease, ethnicity is one of them. It is also regarded as a non-modifiable risk factor, which is different from those modifiable risk factors that can be avoided by taking necessary health measures. Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani and African Caribbean are believed to have higher risk in getting heart disease. However, irrespective of ethnicities, some risk factors such as high intake of salt that exceeding the WHO’s recommendation (less than 2g/ day) may be another risk to raise your blood pressure, which in turn increases your risk of heart disease. Therefore, we shall also take other risk factors into consideration.
3. Let’s drink for your heart health!
It is indeed a very dangerous statement. First of all, you should know your own heath condition before you start drinking alcohol. According to the World Heart Federation, having one to two alcohol drinks a day may lead to a 30% reduction in heart diseases, but above this level will damage the heart muscle.
The best-known effect of alcohol is a small increase in HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”). However, increased intake may cause high blood pressure, obesity and even stroke, posing a great threat to your own health. Therefore, though alcohol may bring benefits, we do not recommend drinking to gain these benefits.
The above information was published by a health information team of Bupa HK and QHMS of Bupa Group and reviewed by a Bupa doctor. The content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional. You should always seek specific advice related to your circumstances from your doctor or other appropriate professional.
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