Heart Disease and Men

Facts:

  • More than one in three adult men has some form of cardiovascular disease.
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single major cause of death of American males.
  • Cardiovascular disease includes several different conditions affecting the function of the heart.  These include:  Coronary heart disease (including heart attack), abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, heart valve disease, congenital heart disease, heart muscle disease, pericardial disease, aorta disease and vascular disease.

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack:

 

 Common or “Classic” signs of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain-pressure, tightness or ache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Pain in one or both arms

 

“Atypical” signs of a heart attack:

  • Back, neck or jaw pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

 

Risk factors you can’t control:

  • Increasing age
  • Sex (gender)- men are more likely than women to have a heart attack
  • Heredity
  • Previous heart attack or stroke

 

Risk factors you can control:

  • Smoking-tobacco use is a major cause of heart disease among women
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes