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Dangerous Medical Myths

People as a whole are unaware of the imperative facts about their bodies. If more people were in sync with themselves disorders could be avoided. These disorders include premature aging, unnecessary risk for illness, and even death.

There is a very distinct difference between fact and myth. Knowing the difference between medical myths and facts could not only be dangerous, it could be fatal.

People as a whole are unaware of the imperative facts about their bodies. If more people were in sync with themselves disorders could be avoided. These disorders include premature aging, unnecessary risk for illness, and even death.

Because people are not in sync when it is time to be treated the doctor no longer has the time to explain the details of what is wrong. You need to know what to watch for, and what medical advice can be trusted.

The myth that ulcers aren’t transmittable is false. Ulcers are very contagious. Ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). This bacterium is spiral shaped and penetrates the stomach lining. If ulcer symptoms such as pain in the abdominal area slightly above the navel are suspected, a simple blood test is done for detection. It’s s two-week process to get rid of it; bad news is it frequently comes back.

Ulcers spread through the bacterium in saliva and passed by kissing. If you have a spouse, simply ask your doctor to treat both of you for the bacterium to keep from re-infecting each other. You should both replace your toothbrushes.

High blood pressure starts at 140/90, that’s a myth. Doctors do not deem your blood pressure to be elevated unless it reaches 140/90. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute 120/80 is pre-hypertension thus, making it an increased risk for heart disease.

The optimal blood pressure is 115/76. Maintain these numbers or lower to decrease more than half the cardiovascular risk.

Until your blood pressure is elevated enough to flag, it will never be brought to your attention. To keep it under control ask the technician what your vitals are. If it is slightly above 115/76, ask your doctor ways in which it can reduce it. Usually it can be reduced by losing a few pounds, exercising, and eating a few more fruits and veggies.

Maintaining cholesterol at normal levels will keep you from having a heart attack, is a myth. Most people that have heart attacks had normal cholesterol levels.

Typically heart attacks are caused by blood clots. Blood clots are formed on top of irritated inflamed areas of plaque. This mixture of cholesterol and other substances are on your artery walls. The clots start growing and become lodged in an artery and thus you have a heart attack.

If clots are kept under control they won’t induce heart attacks. “Bad” cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein also known as LDL has to be maintained in low levels. Low levels create a very unfavorable environment for clots to form.

Lowering LDL can be as easy as diet and exercise. If you need extra help your doctor can prescribe Lipitor, which is a statin. Statins do not lower your cholesterol they reduce the arterial inflammation that promotes blood clotting.

Something to be aware of while taking statins; do not exceed 100mg of vitamin c or 100 international units of vitamin E. Taking more doses daily can inhibit the drug’s anti-inflammatory effects.

Take care of your teeth, the bacteria that causes gum disease also promotes inflammation and plaque in the arteries.

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  1. im glad someone cares enough to say these things.

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