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Why Are Heart Attacks More Common in Men?

Why Are Heart Attacks More Common in Men?

Heart disease is one of the leading health risks facing men today. According to the American Heart Association, more than one in three adult men suffers from some form of heart disease, including:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Angina
  • Arrhythmias
  • Other heart-related irregularities, infections, and/or birth defects

It’s important to know the early signs of heart disease – as well as risk factors – so that you can get treatment as early as possible and maximize your chances for a full recovery.

Risk Factors

Men are generally at high risk of developing heart disease. In fact, according to Harvard Medical School, men are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks as women. But why?

Frankly, experts still aren’t certain. However, the American Heart Association reported in 2013 that only 25% of men met the federal guidelines for physical activity in 2011. Moreover, they also estimated that roughly 73% of men in the United States are overweight or obese. Men are also generally more prone to other risk factors, including:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • High blood pressure
  • A diet high in saturated fat
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol

Signs of Heart Disease

Unfortunately, the first sign of heart disease is often a heart attack or other serious event. However, there are a handful of heart disease warning signals that can help you recognize problems before they become severe:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Pain in your neck and jaw
  • Discomfort in your chest
  • Difficulty catching your breath

What Can I Do?

You already know that a healthy diet and regular exercise are keys to keeping your heart healthy. But what more can you do to keep your heart going strong?

Consider adopting these healthy habits:

  1. Avoid Secondhand Smoke – The risk of developing heart disease is about 30% higher for people who are exposed to secondhand smoke.
  2. Keep Moving – Park farther away from the office and take a few short walks during the day.
  3. Get Enough Sleep – Try your best to get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep can increase insulin resistance, a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.