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Warning signs and symptoms of heart diseases in Men

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By Apollo 24|7, Reviewed by Dr. Srividya Kalavagunta, Verified by Dr. Ima Rashid, Published on - 21 May 2024, Updated on - 22 May 2024

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the world. Symptoms may vary from person to person. Some come on suddenly, and others give plenty of warning. Still, there are some common signs of heart attacks in men.  Let's try to understand heart problems, their signs, and how men can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. 


Understanding Heart Problems in Men

Various risk factors influence men's heart health, some more prevalent as they age. Risk factors that contribute to heart problems are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diabetes, and a sedentary lifestyle. However only lifestyle choices can not determine the risk of developing these issues. Age and a family history of cardiovascular disorder also play significant roles. Men can take steps to prevent heart problems by understanding these risk factors and how they can impact their health. 


Early Signs of Heart Disease

Heart disease is a severe health problem for men, mainly presenting with subtle symptoms in its early stages. These are the early signs that a man is suffering from heart problems.

  1. Chest Pain: Chest pain is one of the earliest signs of heart disease. Men may feel pressure, tightness, squeezing, or aching in the chest area. Also, not all chest pain indicates a heart problem. Still, if it occurs frequently, you must have chest pain evaluated by a healthcare professional.

  2. Shortness of Breath: Men experiencing unexplained shortness of breath, more commonly during physical activity, may exhibit an early sign of heart disease. Seeking medical evaluation can help identify the underlying cause and prevent further complications.

  3. Fatigue and Weakness: Persistent fatigue and weakness, especially if accompanied by other symptoms such as chest discomfort or shortness of breath, can be indicative of underlying heart disease. 

  4. Irregular Heartbeat or Palpitations: Irregular heartbeats or palpitations, where the heart feels fluttering, pounding, or skipping beats, can be an early indicator of heart disease in men. While occasional palpitations are regular, frequent or persistent episodes should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to rule out underlying cardiac issues.

However, less recognized signs like erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels can also serve as early indicators. If you notice any symptoms that are concerning, it is important to seek medical help.


Signs of a Heart Attack in Men

A heart attack happens when blood and oxygen flow are blocked from reaching the heart. Over time, cholesterol-containing fat deposits build up in the heart's arteries, forming plaques. When a plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form. The blood clot blocks blood flow to the heart and thus results in a heart attack. Immediate signs of a heart attack in men are as follows:

  • Chest pain 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in the arm, back or neck
  • Jaw pain
  • Sudden sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination

It is important to know these symptoms quickly for initiating emergency measures.



It’s essential to know how to reduce the risk and how to respond if you face symptoms of a heart attack. Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack, but it's only one of several. Call emergency medical help immediately if you suspect you are suffering from a heart attack. You will likely have a better outcome if you receive treatment for a heart attack as soon as possible.

It is possible to diagnose whether you have had a heart attack through several tests. Some treatments can help restore blood flow to your heart and minimize complications following a heart attack.

Talk to your doctor about steps to take to lower your risk of a heart attack if you have any risk factors.


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