Usually the first sign of heart disease that men pay attention to is often a heart attack or other serious event. But, there are a few important signs that can help him recognize problems before they come to a head.
In the early stages, symptoms that seem like mere annoyances may come and go. For example, he may have:
- difficulty catching his breath after moderate physical exertion, like walking up a flight of stairs
- a sense of discomfort or squeezing in his chest that lasts for 30 minutes to a few hours
- unexplained pain in his upper torso, neck, and jaw
- a heartbeat that is faster, slower, or more irregular than usual
- dizziness or fainting
Heart disease that involves blood vessels is often signaled by:
- angina (A.K.A. chest pain)
- shortness of breath
- changes in your extremities, such as pain, swelling, tingling, numbness, coldness, and weakness
- extreme fatigue
- irregular heartbeat
These symptoms can be signs that your blood vessels have narrowed. This narrowing, normally caused by plaque buildup, makes it more difficult for your heart to circulate oxygenated blood throughout your body.
If you or a loved one experience these symptoms, make sure to call your doctor BEFORE a serious event occurs. Taking notice in advance can lengthen the years you stay living at home!