How does heart disease affect men?
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 347,879 men in 2017—that’s about male deaths.
What are the symptoms of heart disease?
Sometimes heart disease may be “silent” and not diagnosed until a man experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrhythmia. When these events happen, symptoms may include
Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
What are the risks for heart disease?
High blood pressure, high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (47%) have at least one of these three risk factors.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:
- Overweight and obesity
- Unhealthy diet
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol use
How can I reduce my risk of heart disease?
To reduce your chances of getting heart disease, it’s important to do the following:
CDC’s Public Health Efforts Related to Heart Disease
For more information on men and heart disease, visit the following websites: