Signs of Heart Disease in Men
- Posted on: Sep 30 2018
Heart disease is a prevalent health problem for men and women. It has been estimated that 1 in 3 men develop heart disease. Because people with heart disease have a higher risk for cardiac events such as heart attack, it is vital to recognize the signs of this disease, as well as ways to improve heart health.
Types of Heart Disease
When we use the term heart disease, we are describing any number of issues affecting the heart. These could be:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Congenital heart abnormalities
- Infections or irregularities in the heart
Recognizing Signs of Heart Disease
Are men and women different when it comes to heart disease?
Many people with heart disease experience similar symptoms. However, studies suggest that men may be more likely to experience heart attack symptoms including nausea and cold sweat, shortness of breath, chest pain, tightness, or squeezing, and pain in the jaw, back, or arm.
Women, on the other hand, may sense a squeezing sensation in the upper back, pain in the jaw, neck, or chest, a sense of pressure or squeezing in the center of the chest, and a feeling of lightheadedness. The cardiac symptoms that affect women are often overlooked because they are less evident than what men experience.
Often, the first indicator of heart disease in both men and women is a heart attack. However, some signs may show up before such an extraordinary event. Recognizing them as an invitation to seek a full cardiac evaluation can prevent not only a heart attack but also other complications of heart disease, such as a stroke.
Heart arrhythmia, or irregular beat, may present sensations such as:
- Chest discomfort that lasts up to half an hour.
- Dizziness or fainting.
- A feeling of irregularity, such as the heart racing or beating hard.
- Pain in the neck, jaw, or torso that cannot be explained.
- Difficulty breathing during or after moderative physical activity, such as walking up a hill or flight of stairs.
Constricted blood vessels may present sensations such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Extreme fatigue
- Angina or other chest pain
- Feelings of cold, tingling, swelling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the arms, hands, or legs and feet.
Schedule a Consultation
Several treatments may be recommended for treating heart disease. Recommendations are based on risks and the severity of the condition, diagnosed with specific tests such as a cardiac angiogram. To learn more about how Premier Cardiology Consultants helps patients promote heart health through testing and treatment, call 516-437-5600. Here, we can schedule an appointment for you in our Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, or Lake Success, NY office.