Men & Heart Disease: 5 Facts
Heart disease is currently responsible for a quarter of all male deaths in the US.
No matter your race or even your age, heart disease is a serious risk for all men. This June, let's celebrate Men's Health Month by fighting back against heart disease. Read the following facts so you can make changes to your lifestyle and protect yourself.
Fact #1: No symptoms does not mean no worries. As much as 50% of men who die of heart disease never showed signs of it. This is why screenings, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are vital.
Fact #2: Smoking kills. The use of tobacco raises more than lung cancer risk. Smoking causes the build-up of plaque in arteries, which raises blood pressure and weakens the body's ability to bring oxygen to the heart.
Fact #3: Weight matters. Excess pounds raise blood pressure because the weight pushes down on arteries. Even a healthy weight paired with a sedentary lifestyle poses dangers. The heart requires fitness activities like any other muscles in your body.
Fact #4: Alcohol is a big contributor. Not only can excess alcohol consumption lead to weight gain, but it also raises blood pressure. Binge drinking has been associated with heart attack and stroke.
Fact #5: You can reverse the risk factors. When you toss the cigarettes, choose to exercise regularly or trade the sour cream in favor if plain yogurt, you are taking the reins on your heart's health. You can choose longevity and a pain-free life if you start today.
When you invest time and effort in your own health, you're securing your future, as well as that of the ones you love. The Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute can help you make small changes to reap big rewards. To learn more about heart disease or to request a physician referral, call our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-447-8206.