We all know heart disease is one of the leading killers in America, and high blood pressure can certainly contribute to your risk. But how much do you know about hypertension, really? For one, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us one out of every three adults has high blood pressure, and only half of them are managing it. This leads to about 1,000 deaths each day from health conditions that are caused by hypertension — think heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failures, and kidney disease.
Curious to see how much you know about this condition? Here are the top myths you must stop believing.
1. If it runs in your family, there’s nothing you can do about it
Maybe your mother and father both have high blood pressure and you think you’re doomed to also have the condition. Well, there’s good news for you — genetics aren’t everything. The CDC says even if you haven’t won the genetic lottery, there are other things that can greatly reduce your risk of developing hypertension. This is where avoiding tobacco, eating nutrient-dense foods, and maintaining a healthy weight comes into play. It’s never too late to lower your blood pressure, either, so talk to your parents about lifestyle changes they can make as well.
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