2. Blood Pressure Myths
We’ve already covered one of the more common myths about blood pressure (that it’s only a male condition, which isn’t true), but there are plenty others. Firstly, many people believe that because high blood pressure is so common, it’s not that big of a deal. Wrong! High blood pressure can damage blood vessels which affects the heart, kidneys, and other important organs. In fact, WebMD points out that high blood pressure is actually the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. In addition to that, many people believe that because high blood pressure runs in their family they won’t be able to avoid it. This is also wrong. Despite any amount of risk factors, there are always preventative measures that can be taken to avoid it. For example eating healthy, weight management, limited alcohol consumption, and regular exercise are all ways a person can prevent hypertension.
The American Heart Association also lists a few other common misconceptions including that just because a person feels fine doesn’t mean they’re completely healthy. Also, limiting salt consumption requires more effort than just avoiding the salt shaker. You have to be diligent about checking food labels and just because one of the numbers on your blood pressure reading is normal, doesn’t mean it’s all OK. Both should be within a normal range.