Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease in Men
Are you aware that cardiovascular disorders are among the leading causes of death in American males? Cardiovascular disease in men is one of the more dangerous health issues men face in the US.
This is true. Each year, one of four deaths in US males is attributed to a cardiovascular disease. In other words, cardiovascular diseases claim over 321,000 male lives each year in the US. It has also been observed that cardiovascular diseases are the number 1 killers among African-American, Caucasians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanic males.
The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in Caucasian males is 8.5%, Mexican American males is 6.3% and African American males is 7.9%
Why should you be concerned?
Despite high mortality rate, it is noteworthy that 1 of 2 men who die of coronary artery disease are asymptomatic and have no preexisting history of cardiac illness. Men are at much higher risk of developing cardiac illness compared to women as about 79% to 89% episodes of sudden cardiac illness occurs in males.
Fortunately, most risk factors that aggravate your risk of developing cardiac diseases are modifiable (i.e. with simple lifestyle modifications), you can reduce your risk of developing heart diseases; according to a new study conducted by the chair of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Steven Nissen.
What are some risk factors that can predispose men to cardiovascular diseases?
Following risk factors are very strongly linked to cardiac diseases;
- Excessive alcohol abuse
- Metabolic abnormalities such as being overweight or obese is an independent risk factor that can predispose you to develop coronary artery disease
- Poor diet – as deficiency of certain nutrients especially antioxidants can aggravate the risk of developing atherosclerosis and premature coronary artery disease
- Diabetes has been linked to silent myocardial infarctions due to deleterious effects of persistently raised blood sugar levels on blood vessels that may lead to vascular and nervous disease
- Physical inactivity or sedentary lifestyle can also lead to cardiovascular diseases
Other risk factors include:
- History of smoking – among males between 30 to 50 years of age, history of smoking alone can double your risk of developing a cardiovascular disease compared to a non-smoker.
- Family history of cardiac diseases in the first-degree relatives
Classic symptoms of cardiovascular diseases:
Cardiovascular events are not always symptomatic. Classic symptoms are:
- Crushing chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Unexplained fatigue
- Pain in the neck, left jaw or left arm
How to minimize the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases?
The key is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep up with a periodic medical examination. According to a new survey conducted by Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20% males don’t see any healthcare professionals for a period of up to 5 years.
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