High blood pressure is a serious complication many Californians have to contend with. Despite its prevalence in the population, there are a lot of myths out there concerning it. It is crucial to separate fact from fiction so that you can get your blood pressure in check.
Myth #1: Blood Pressure Will Not Be Affected If You Do Not Add Salt to Anything
Salt, and more specifically sodium, is linked to high blood pressure. However, it is just one contributing factor. Even if you do not add salt to anything, high levels of sodium might already be in the food you eat. Common foods with a lot of sodium include:
Myth #2: Wine Is Good for the Heart
Wine is okay in limited consumption. Excessively drinking wine will increase your chances of having other health problems, including cancer, heart attacks and alcoholism. If you are going to drink wine, then do not have any more than four ounces a day.
Myth #3: Nothing Can Be Done If There Is a Family History of High Blood Pressure
Genetics certainly plays a role in one’s chances of having high blood pressure. However, it is not the sole factor. Lifestyle factors such as avoiding tobacco and maintaining a healthy weight can drastically lower your odds.
Myth #4: A Doctor Is the Only Person Who Can Check for High Blood Pressure
You should monitor your blood pressure at home. The reason you need to do this is that blood pressure can fluctuate significantly, so a doctor may not see anything too bad during an appointment.
Myth #5: People Will Know If They Have High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure does not always have obvious symptoms. This is why it is a good idea to see a doctor regularly to check for it. Not managing your blood pressure can lead to stroke or many other life threatening emergencies.
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