Many men neglect their health by failing to get regular checkups at a local hospital and by making unhealthy lifestyle choices. This is often due to a lack of awareness about men’s health issues, such as heart health. If you’re interested in improving your well-being, consider taking the first step by visiting your local hospital. Your doctor can screen you for underlying medical conditions that may require cardiac care , such as hypertension, and offer recommendations for improving your heart health.
Understanding the Prevalence of Heart Disease
The most common causes of death among adult men in the U.S. include heart disease, stroke, and cancer. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is responsible for killing one out of every four men in the U.S. and half of all men who suddenly die as a result of heart disease did not experience symptoms. This is one reason why it’s important to visit a local hospital to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, and other important facets of your health.
Identifying Risk Factors of Heart Disease
In addition to undergoing health screenings, you can be proactive about your heart health by discussing your potential risk factors with your physician. Lifestyle factors can be significant risk factors, such as being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, following a nutrient-poor diet, using tobacco products, and consuming alcohol to excess. If you have certain medical conditions, you could also be at an increased risk of heart disease. These include diabetes, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high blood pressure. If you have any of these risk factors, consider talking to your doctor about a treatment plan.
The cardiac care program at Good Samaritan Hospital can help men throughout the San Jose area take control of their heart health. Our cardiac care program provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, and rehabilitative services to improve wellness. If you need a referral to a cardiac care specialist at our community hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 559-2011.