There are many different types of heart conditions that fall within the category of heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among men (and women) in the United States, with almost 25% of men succumbing to heart-related issues.
Unfortunately, the first sign of heart disease is often sudden death. For this reason, it is vitally important to have regular health checkups to find out whether a heart condition exists. Your health provider can detect and treat a cardiovascular problem before a catastrophic event occurs or a heart condition develops.
What Types of Heart Issues Most Affect Men?
The following are the most common heart conditions men tend to face:
The term is deceiving, because heart failure isn’t an indication that the heart has stopped – it is not the same as a heart attack. Rather, the heart is failing to behave normally, oftentimes the heart’s reaction to a blocked artery in or near the heart.
Also called congestive heart failure, this can also occur because the heart muscle has become too stiff. When this happens, the heart’s ventricles do not pump blood efficiently.
Symptoms of heart failure include fatigue, unusual swelling, and shortness of breath.
Electrical impulses are responsible for the rhythm at which the heart beats. When the impulses are interrupted, then the heart beats irregularly – causing arrhythmia.
In arrhythmia, the heart beats either too slowly, too quickly, or at an irregular pace. Symptoms of arrhythmia are a fluttering feeling in the heart or as if the heart is racing.
Angina is a sign of coronary artery disease, causing chest pains. The pain can advance from the chest to the shoulders, neck, and arms. It is caused by a lack of blood to the heart.
It simulates a heart attack as pressure and heaviness builds in the chest. Patients often describe the pain as a squeezing sensation.
See a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms are present, even if the pain presents on exertion before dissipating and disappearing. Nausea, shortness of breath, and pain in the arms, shoulder, and back are symptoms of angina as well as a heart attack.
Do not ignore the signs that could point to angina, as they may also signal a heart attack. The primary difference between the two is that angina is caused by a narrowing of arteries, whereas a heart attack is caused by blocked arteries. Angina can lead to a heart attack, as the arteries become narrow and are eventually blocked.
Men’s Health Clinic in Greater Seattle
Untreated heart conditions will cause problems for a man’s body. A heart issue can cause pain or no symptoms at all.
Heart conditions can also lead to or influence other medical issues, such as erectile dysfunction (ED), since proper blood flow is crucial. If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above, visit a doctor for a complete checkup and treatment if necessary.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in men’s health, contact Affirm Clinic today by calling (206) 231-6000 or complete our appointment request form online. We look forward to helping you get healthy and feel great about yourself.