Heart Disease

Should You Be Concerned About Heart Disease

Under the broad term of heart disease, the condition is broken down into different categories for causes of the disease.heartdisease

 

 

 

 

The top causes of heart disease for men are:

Coronary artery disease

Congenital heart disease

Arrhythmias

Diseases affecting the valves

Cardiomyopathy

Hardening of the arteries

Heart disease ranks as the number one reason why men die and heart disease can affect men in the prime of life as well as in the senior years.

Having heart disease puts men at greater risk of premature death from a heart attack or stroke regardless of age.strokeheartattack

The causes of the various types of heart diseases can stem from diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, family history, to habits such as smoking, sedentary life style and obesity.

 

To catch heart disease before it causes serious or fatal consequences, there are some steps men can take to improve the health of the heart.

You’ll need to get a complete physical and undergo testing for your doctor to accurately determine your risk or to diagnose your type of heart disease.

You may need to have an electrocardiogram.electrocardiogram

If your doctor suspects narrowing of the arteries, he may want you to have an outpatient cardiac catheterization test done.

 

The treatment for heart disease depends on the type of diagnosis you receive after seeing the doctor.

First, if you don’t exercise, for the sake of having a healthy heart, begin an exercise program.

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Carrying excess weight raises your chance of getting heart disease – especially if you have that extra weight around your abdomen.

Lose weight if you don’t have a normal BMI reading.

If you smoke, break the habit. Smoking damages your blood vessels and contributes to the hardening of the arteries.smokingandheartdisease

By quitting smoking and exercising, you can lower your bad cholesterol and your blood pressure, both of which can contribute to the risk of heart disease.

 

Though the types of heart diseases are different, all types have some universal symptoms in common.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should be evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible:

Sudden occurrence of irregular heartbeats, dizziness that may come and go, chest pressure, feeling short of breath especially when exerting yourself, fatigue that you can’t seem to shake and fainting.

Some of the symptoms may not occur on a regular basis so remember that if you do notice any unusual symptoms, it could be a sign that your heart is trying to tell you something.

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The Top Health Risks for Men

The Top Health Risks for Men

 

The following are health risks for men which can lead to premature death if they are not prevented or dealt with in their early stages:

Heart Disease and High Cholesterol

The number one killer of men in the United States is heart disease. Heart disease is usually caused by the blockage or hardening of the arteries due to various heartdiseasefactors, including high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is important for preserving the integrity of cells, but too much of it in the blood stream is not healthy because it can get stuck in blood vessels and lead to arterial plaque. This in turn can result in high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and potential heart attack and stroke.

The plaque can break off of the artery walls and lead to a blood clot. If the clot travels to the brain, it can lead to stroke, which can be severely disabling or fatal. If the clot travels to the heart, it can cause a heart attack, and heart damage or even death.

Cholesterol is contained in animal-related products that we eat, such as red meat. It is also produced naturally in the body. Men with high cholesterol are at higher risk of cardiovascular issues and erectile dysfunction due to decrease blood flow from the hardened arteries.

Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise and contributes to vascular issues. It too can cause narrowing of blood vessels. The narrowing of blood vessels can often result in erectile dysfunction. It can also lead to circulation being cut off to the extremities like the toes, which can necessitate amputation.

Diabetes is the number two cause of amputation in the world, second only to accidents. Amputations often have serious consequences for one’s health and mobility.

Diabetes can also lead to nerve damage, kidney problems and eye issues. These can all lead to a poor quality of life and premature death. A diet low in carbs and sugar can prevent diabetes.

Cancer

The number one killer in terms of cancer is lung cancer. Smoking rates have gone down around the world, but lung cancer still remains poorly treatable and therefore deadly.

The number two cause of cancer deaths in men is related to the prostate. Prostate cancer kills more than 27,000 men per year in the United States alone. Early detection is key to a good outcome. The treatments are varied and will usually depend on the man’s age and overall health. Treatments include surgery, radiation, and hormone therapy in advanced cases. Cases that are caught early can often be prevented from spreading.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the number three killer in terms of cancer-related deaths. Many men avoid thinking about their toilet issues, such as constipation, and will suffer symptoms to the point where it might be too late for treatment.

A healthy, balanced diet rich in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables and tofu can go a long way towards keeping men regular, as well as lowering cholesterol naturally, with no need for statin drugs and their many side effects.

Enlarged Prostate

As a man ages, his prostate can enlarge to the point where it starts to cause urinary tract symptoms such as the frequent need to urinate, a sense of a sudden and urgent need to do so, and/or inability to hold it in, which is referred to as incontinence.

There are a number of treatments which can shrink or reduce the prostate tissue so it will no longer have an impact on the bladder and urethra, and the man can resume a better quality of life once more.

As a man ages, his health concerns increase. But a healthy lifestyle that is drug and alcohol free, and pays attention to good nutrition, is the best foundation for staying healthy and mobile for as long as possible.

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