Myth: No external manifestations of hypertension mean that you have not developed the medical condition.
Fact: A considerable majority of people with high blood pressure are unaware that they have developed the condition. This is because they have not experienced the typical symptoms like excessive sweating, sleep depreciation, nervousness amongst various others. They often stay in the dark about it until they suffer from a stroke and other severe medical conditions. The incidence of which is often high in such cases.
No wonder, high blood pressure is also known as a ‘silent killer’. Get your pressure checked frequently to eliminate the risk of a hidden condition of high blood pressure.
Myth: Wine is good for the heart implies you can drink as much as you want.
Fact: One of the dangerous myths about hypertension is that you can drink lots of wine. Wine is good for your heart only when taken in moderation. Excessive intake of wine may have the opposite effect by raising the level of blood pressure at a rapid rate. In extreme cases, it can also lead to stroke, heart failure, and irregular heartbeats. Besides, it may also have other detrimental side effects like obesity, cancer, stress, anxiety, depression, and high triglycerides. It is usually recommended that the consumption of wine be restricted to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. One drink of wine measures 120 ml.
Myth: It is okay as long as either of the systolic or diastolic reading for measuring hypertension is within the acceptable range.
Fact: The reading for blood pressure includes two numbers – the systolic and the diastolic. The systolic measures the highest range of blood pressure, while diastolic indicates the lower range of blood pressure. These numbers are the measurement of the blood flow in your vessels during one heartbeat.
For systolic, the ideal is 119 and below. The range between 120 to 129 is considered to be elevated, while 130 and above is taken as high blood pressure. For diastolic blood pressure 79 and below is normal blood pressure, while 80 and above is considered to be high blood pressure. Experts opine that a higher systolic reading is better than a higher diastolic reading.
Myth: Hypertension is curable. (This is one of the most common myths about hypertension.)
Fact: High blood pressure can be treated but not cured. The treatments do not solely mean medications. The most effective treatment for high blood pressure is a combination of a healthy lifestyle and medications. According to the American Heart Association, a healthy lifestyle for people with high blood pressure implies a balanced low-sodium diet, physical activity, and ensuring proper intake of medications.