You probably already know that smoking and avoiding exercise are bad for your heart. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more to heart disease than these two risks. Even healthy people have heart attacks — and most people don’t even know they have high blood pressure or cholesterol. Here are a few key myths about heart disease you need to be aware of.
Myth No. 1: High blood pressure is a harmless side effect of aging
It’s normal for your blood pressure to rise as you get older — but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to ignore it. According to the National Institute on Aging, regardless of how old you are, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hypertension, still comes with devastating health risks. Heart disease is only one of them. Your kidneys could fail, you could damage your eyes, and you could even have a stroke.
Next: You can have high blood pressure for years without knowing it.