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Debunking myths about heart disease
Here’s the history behind four common myths about cardiovascular health — and what the current research says.
Much of the basic advice about staying healthy has stood the test of time: Don’t smoke. Exercise. Eat your vegetables. Over the decades, however, certain recommendations about avoiding heart disease have evolved, thanks to the constant stream of new evidence from medical research.
Long-held habits and beliefs are often hard to shake. But knowing the latest evidence can help you make better choices for preventing, monitoring, and recognizing heart disease. Here’s a look at four misconceptions related to heart disease, along with take-home advice from Heart Letter editor in chief Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt.
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About the Author
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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