Men with Heart

We love men with heart. Big-hearted fellas who man the ship and mind the gaps and empty the dishwasher without being asked. Of course, all men have heart – that’s what makes them (and women) tick. But unfortunately, one in three of you guys out there have an unhealthy heart, according to the American Heart Association. And that’s a startling, and heartbreaking, statistic. Some other facts that cause our heart to skip a beat:

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It follows, of course, that men also have the greatest risk factors for heart disease, and note that the term “heart disease” includes conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, angina, and a host of heart-related infections, irregularities and many others. The fact that only about 25 percent of men meet the federal guidelines for physical activity (according to, and that in 2015 some 205 million American men were obese, and more than 20 percent of men are smokers, certainly contributes to these dire and disturbing numbers.

Don’t Miss These Warning Signs

That third bullet above is a particularly scary one. While nearly half of men who have a sudden heart attack may be unaware that they have heart disease, there are some red flags that can signal that trouble is brewing. According to the American Heart Association, early stages of heart disease may include the following signs and symptoms:

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Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices put people (men and women) at a higher risk for heart disease, including snoring and sleep apnea, which are correlated with heart disease. Other risk factors include:

Heart Attack Signs in Men

Key signs of a heart attack for men include discomfort in the neck, back, abdomen or jaw. In addition, when a heart attack is occurring, it can cause shortness of breath, sweating, lightheadedness and even nausea. As we noted in an earlier blog post, signs of heart attack can be different for women but men typically fit this traditional profile.

Of course, it’s far better to prevent a heart attack than to know how to recognize one. The best way to protect against heart disease is to be prepared in advance. See your doctor regularly, monitor or manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, get regular exercise and adequate sleep, and eat a balanced and healthy diet while refraining from smoking and moderating the intake of alcohol and caffeine.

If you feel you may be at risk for developing heart disease and need a doctor, call (843) 402-CARE for a free doctor referral.


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