How Cardiovascular Disease Affects Men
According to the
CDC, heart disease is the number one leading cause of death for American men.
With more than 350,000 male deaths being attributed to heart disease annually,
1 in 4 men who die each year are at the hands of cardiovascular disease.
Because many men who suddenly die from heart disease showed no symptoms
beforehand, this condition is often called the "silent killer."
With such high statistics and a lack of warning signs, men need to be
vigilant when looking after their heart health.
In light of Men's Health Month, the health experts at Kirby Medical
Center are here to share some tips to help reduce that risk.
Being Overweight or Obese
overweight or obese means that a person’s weight has surpassed what is considered normal
for their height. About
2 in 3 American adults are considered to be overweight or obese. Being overweight or obeseincreases your risk for the following heart-related health complications:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart attack
To effectively lose and maintain a healthy weight, it is important to make
the following lifestyle changes:
- Try to get at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate physical activity
Build a balanced diet.
- Limit alcohol consumption to one drink a day.
If you have concerns about weight, be sure to speak with your doctor about
your BMI and check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Having Type 2 Diabetes
Men are more likely to develop
type 2 diabetes at a lower weight than women because men tend to carry their weight in
their midsections. Unfortunately, men are also more likely to go undiagnosed
and untreated. When left unaddressed, diabetes puts men at a higher risk
for the following cardiovascular issues:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
If you think you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes or you already have
it, be sure to speak with your doctor about if you should be tested for
diabetes and how to manage your current condition.
Smoking & Using Tobacco
Smoking and using tobacco products is the most preventable risk factor
when it comes to heart-related health issues. Smoking and inhaling second-hand
smoke increases your risk for the following
cardiovascular health issues:
- Increases triglyceride levels.
- Lower “good” cholesterol levels.
- Makes blood stickier and more likely to clot.
- Causes damage to the cells lining blood vessels.
- Increases plaque buildup in blood vessels.
- Thickens and narrows blood vessels.
- Increased risk for cardiac events like heart attack and stroke.
To effectively reduce your risk of heart-health issues, it is recommended
that you quit smoking or not start in the first place.
Contact Kirby Medical Center
At Kirby Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping our community learn
how to stay healthy and safe. If you are concerned about your health risks
and the types of vaccines that are right for you,
contact Kirby Medical Center at 217-762-2115 to learn more about how we can assist with all your healthcare needs.