5 Common Hypertension Myths

Let’s sort through some common myths and learn more about hypertension together!
A large number of Americans, and particularly older adults, have been diagnosed with hypertension.

While physicians work hard to educate and inform patients about how to more effectively control their blood pressure, there are still significant popular misconceptions about hypertension and the risks it poses.

Below, we explore five of the most common myths related to hypertension.

Myth #1: Home Monitoring Is Not Essential

Many patients do not regularly monitor their own blood pressure at home. These patients often explain that they have their blood pressure checked when they visit their doctors once every six months. However, experts argue that this is not enough.

Since blood pressure fluctuates daily, it is essential that patients measure and record their blood pressure every day. Patients should also bring their blood pressure diaries to all of their appointments.

Myth #2: Since My Blood Pressure Is Better, I Can Stop My Medication

Lowering your blood pressure is an important first step in building long-term health. However, many people can get too excited when their blood pressure goes back towards normal, and they often stop taking their blood pressure medication.

Even though it may be appealing to stop your medication, you should only do that in careful consultation with medical professionals.

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Myth #3: Wine Is Good for My Heart and My Blood Pressure

The news is often filled with reports that wine (especially red wine) is great for heart health. This is true: The antioxidants in red wine can help fight coronary artery disease.

However, this does not mean that a person can drink all the wine that they want. It is only good in moderation. Moderation is generally defined as one drink per day for women and no more than two for men. 

Myth #4: I Have No Symptoms, So I Don’t Have High Blood Pressure

Many people incorrectly assume that high blood pressure always comes with symptoms. Some symptoms commonly associated with high blood pressure include excessive sweating, flushed faces, and a feeling of nervousness and jitters.

However, many people with high blood pressure do not experience any symptoms and don’t even know they have it. Therefore, you should always monitor your blood pressure and be aware of your risk factors.

To learn more about the importance of self-monitoring, check out 3 Reasons Why Self-Monitoring is Crucial for Hypertension Management.

Myth #5: Family History Determines My Blood Pressure

If your parents or other close blood relatives have high blood pressure, there’s an increased chance that you’ll get it, too. 

However, lifestyle choices have allowed many people with a family history of high blood pressure to avoid it themselves. Regular physical activity is great for your heart and circulatory system in general, and blood pressure is no exception.

At Veta Health, we empower individuals to take control of their health through behavior-based care programs that support healthy living grounded in clinical context. To learn more about our Hypertension Care Plan, click here!