Men’s Health Week: Protect Your Heart

Heart disease is a silent killer, especially among men. Did you know that it’s the leading cause of death for men in the United States? Heart disease accounts for nearly 1 in every 4 male deaths, and it doesn’t discriminate—it affects men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Even if you feel healthy, you may still be at risk. 

The Silent Threat

Heart disease often strikes without warning. Half of men who die suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. That’s why it’s crucial to know the signs, which may include chest pain, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, extreme fatigue, and shortness of breath. Sometimes, heart disease may not show any symptoms until it’s too late. 

Know Your Risk Factors

Many factors can increase your risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. That’s why it’s essential to take proactive steps to protect your heart: 

  • Monitor your blood pressure: High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so it’s important to have it checked regularly. Schedule your annual checkup appointment to stay in tune with your health. 
  • Manage diabetes: Talk to your healthcare provider about ordering a blood test to check for diabetes, as it raises your risk of heart disease. 
  • Quit smoking: Smoking damages your heart and blood vessels, increasing your risk of heart disease. At HJAHC, we’ll help you develop a quit plan to stop smoking for good. 
  • Watch your cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight: High cholesterol levels can clog your arteries, leading to heart disease. Being overweight or obese also increases your risk of heart disease. Visit HJAHC’s Registered Dietician Nutritionist to create an eating plan tailored to your needs. 
  • Limit alcohol intake: Excessive alcohol consumption can raise your blood pressure and contribute to heart disease. Our behavioral health department offers aAddiction services for adults including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) such as Suboxone and Vivitrol. 
  • Reduce stress: Find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as exercise, meditation, spending time with loved ones, or making a behavioral health appointment at HJAHC. 

Take Action Today

Your heart health matters, and taking proactive steps now can save your life later. Don’t wait until it’s too late—schedule an appointment with HJAHC to assess your heart health and learn how to protect yourself against heart disease. Call us at 609-278-5900 to take control of your health and live a longer, healthier life and be there for life’s precious moments. 

Source: Men and Heart Disease | 

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