Heart disease. It’s the topic of talk shows, news articles, and conversations with doctors all over the world. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), “heart disease is found in over one in three men. Men make up over 48 percent of all deaths that are attributed to various heart conditions.” Instead of allowing these statistics to frighten you, read on to learn about early signs of heart disease in men.
Heart Disease Caused by Heart Arrythmia
Most men are so busy they tend to ignore signals their body gives that things aren’t normal. Heart disease can develop due to heart arrythmias. Don’t ignore these signs of heart arrythmia. Maybe you climb the stairs or take a brisk walk around the block and feel like you can’t catch your breath. You might have dizzy spells. Even more serious are fainting spells. Another early sign is discomfort or a squeezing sensation in your chest. The sensation may last from 30 minutes to a few hours. You also might feel pain in your upper torso, neck, and jaw. An irregular heartbeat is another sign none of these signs and symptoms guarantee that you have heart disease. There may be other explanations. The key is to not discount any unusual sign your body gives you. Make an appointment with your doctor at your earliest convenience.
Heart Disease Caused by Blood Vessel Problems
Heart disease can develop due to issues in your blood vessels. For example, plaque build-up causes blood vessels to narrow. The heart then has trouble circulating blood to the body. A few early signs of heart disease in men caused by blood vessel problems may include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, and unusual changes in your extremities. If you suddenly have unexplained pain, tingling, or numbness in your arms or legs, don’t ignore it. Everyone gets short of breath after a heavy exercise routine. Most people get tired, some feel exhausted, especially if they’re not getting enough sleep at night. Pain in your extremities might be due to overdoing things at the gym or in the yard. The problem is when these symptoms are clustered together, or last for more than a day or so. It’s always best not to ignore any of them for any length of time. Get to the doctor as soon as possible, preferably before an emergency develops. A visit with your doctor may uncover heart disease, or it might reveal something minor. Knowledge is the best form of preventative medicine and your doctor is the key to getting answers. Early detection may mean getting treatment, which prevents a major incident in the future.