According to the American Heart Association, disorders of the heart or heart disease, affects about one in three adult men. You can reduce your risk by making healthier lifestyle choices and getting appropriate treatment for conditions that may lead to cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Men
Risk of heart disease in men begins to rise greatly after the age of 45. Being overweight at middle age also increases risk of hospitalization for and death from heart disease in older age, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Heart Attack Symptoms in Men
Many men do not know they are at risk for heart disease until it is too late. Often times a heart attack is the first sign that something is wrong. Heart attack symptoms in men can include, but are not limited to:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect a heart attack, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Remember that any of these signs should not be taken lightly. For more information visit gotchestpain.org.
Preventing Heart Disease in Men
There are several preventive measures to help ensure optimal heart health:
- Don't smoke or use tobacco products.
- Adopt a diet that includes fruits, vegetables and low-fat foods.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Do aerobic exercise-brisk walking, jogging, swimming or biking-at least 30 minutes, four to six times a week.
- Have your cholesterol checked.
- If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
- Get regular blood pressure check-ups.
- With your doctor's approval, take a daily dose of aspirin.
Take Charge of Your Heart Health
Make an appointment with your doctor today if you are concerned about your risk for heart disease. If you do not have a doctor, please call Mercy Gilbert at (480) 728-5414, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we'd be happy to help you find a professional who meets your needs.
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