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Health Minute:Heart Disease Myths

February is heart month and the perfect time to focus on protecting the hearts of those we love. Health experts say many of us listen to the myths instead of facts about heart health.
Though heart disease is the number #1 killer of both men and women in this country, many people are confused when it comes to prevention, according to the Cleveland Clinic and the American Heart Association.

One common myth is that fish oil can prevent heart disease.

Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say fish oil is good for our health, but we'd have to consume very large quantities before it would impact prevention.

Another myth - vitamins can help prevent heart disease.  Studies show this is not the case and instead urge us to get heart healthy nutrients by eating a balanced diet.  

People often think that having a family history of heart disease means nothing can be done to prevent the condition. Though risks are higher for this group, that doesn't mean you can't dramatically reduce your risks.

So, experts say, everyone should be sticking to the common sense basics:  
Eat right, exercise, watch your weight, know your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, and don't smoke.  

So pay attention to the facts it could be a life saver.  
 
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