By Cardiologist Stephanie Moore, Massachusetts General Hospital for GALTime
THE CURE MYTH involves coronary artery disease or blockages in the heart. Many people think this can be cured when, in fact, it can only truly be prevented. So, let's learn some factors and prevent heart disease.
What is heart disease? Coronary heart disease is the main form of heart disease. It's a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to a heart attack. There are three vessels to the heart and when they become blocked your doctor could say you've had an MI or myocardial infarction (heart attack).
What's THE CURE MYTH?
One reason some women aren't too concerned about heart disease is they think it can be cured with surgery or an angioplasty procedure and they won't have to worry about it again. This is a myth. Heart disease is a lifelong condition and once you get it you will always have it. It can be prevented.
How? Empower yourself and KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. What should your blood pressure be? What about your cholesterol and your blood sugar? KNOW YOUR TARGETS/GOALS.
Of course you should exercise, exercise, exercise at least 30 minutes each day and absolutely NO smoking!
Now, we're armed with knowledge. I challenge you to break THE CURE MYTH and prevent heart disease.Related from GALTime.com: