There are common myths about cardiovascular medications that can give false information to people who need them. In addition to lifestyle changes to control your high blood pressure your doctor may determine that you need prescription medication. When you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your medication can help you regulate and lower your blood pressure. By treating high blood pressure, you can help prevent a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and peripheral artery disease.
Check out these common myths about cardiovascular medications:
Myth: I feel fine, so I can stop taking my medication.
Fact: For your medication to work properly, you should always take it as prescribed. Feeling fine is a good thing, but also could indicate that the medication is working. Never stop taking medication without first talking to your healthcare provider and always remember to follow the recommendations of your healthcare team.
Myth: I eat healthy and exercise so I don’t need to or can eventually stop taking my medication.
Fact: High blood pressure or high cholesterol can be lifelong issues. Healthy eating and exercise can make a difference, but these changes may not always be enough to control high blood pressure or high cholesterol. If you need medication, taking it as prescribed can reduce your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Remember to talk to your healthcare provider about your personal health history and what’s right for you.
MYTH: I’m taking my medication, so I can eat whatever I want.
Fact: Taking medication does not eliminate the need for a healthy lifestyle. While medication can help control your high blood pressure or high cholesterol, it’s important to eat healthy and enjoy regular physical activity as well. Consider grilling or baking instead of frying, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and check nutrition labels to find foods with 140 mg or less of sodium. Above all, always remember to follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
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