Healthy Words to Live By | What Every Man Should Know About Heart Disease with Timothy Damron, MD, FACC Cardiologist

Understanding Heart Disease in Men

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. Although this may be a daunting statistic, the good news is that there are some things that men can do to reduce their risk of developing heart disease. When it comes to heart health, here’s what every man should know.

Heart Disease Risk Factors in Men

Besides being male, the following are some of the top risk factors for developing heart disease.

  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Stress

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of heart disease you have; however, the most common symptoms of heart disease may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Tightness, pressure, or discomfort in the chest (angina)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or weakness in the legs or arms
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen, or back
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Fatigue

If you are experiencing any of the above or other unusual symptoms, it’s critical to contact your doctor as soon as possible.

How to Reduce Your Risk

Making some changes to your every day habits can have a lasting impact on your heart health. Here are some ways to reduce your risk of heart disease:

Cardiovascular Care at Pleasant Valley Hospital

When it comes to supporting your cardiovascular health, it is important to find a specialist you can depend on. Cardiologist Timothy Damron, MD, FACC at Pleasant Valley Hospital has a proven quality and safety record of accomplishment in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of heart disease.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to evaluate your cardiovascular risk and discuss measures appropriate for you, please call 304.675.1484.

Have peace of mind knowing you are taking steps towards a healthier you in 2021 in an environment where your safety is our priority.

Healthy Words to Live by with Pleasant Valley Hospital Cardiologist Timothy Damron, MD, FACC