It is important to worry about all aspects of your health, especially your heart health. Part of doing this is to know symptoms of heart problems so they can be treated before they become worse. However, you may not have known that early symptoms of heart disease in men are different than in women. Here are some of the early signs of heart disease in men.
Difficulty Catching Breath
Many of the early symptoms seem less like warning signs and more like mild annoyances, so they may not raise any red flags at the time if you do not know what to look for. However, if the symptoms come and go, that is when it is time to see a doctor. One of these symptoms is difficulty catching your breath after moderate activity. For example, if you repeatedly get winded just walking up a flight of steps, you may want to consider seeing if there is a cause.
Uncomfortable Feelings in Chest
Another one of the early symptoms of heart disease in men is discomfort or squeezing in your chest that lasts 30 minutes or more. This one will probably be a little more obviously a sign, especially if it happens repeatedly. Do not delay in getting checked out in this case. You may also have pain in your upper torso, neck and jaw that is unexplained, or your heartbeat may often seem irregular.
Dizziness and Fainting
Dizziness and fainting can also be early signs of heart trouble. They can also be signs of other serious problems, so if you have an unexplained spell of dizziness or fainting, it is important to go see your doctor right away and find the cause.
Signs of Blood Vessel Issues
There are other early symptoms that involve your blood vessels instead of your heart. These symptoms include chest pains, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, an irregular heartbeat, and changes in your arms and legs such as pain, swelling, tingling, numbness, coldness and weakness. Often, these signs may mean that your blood vessels have become more narrow due to plaque buildup, and your heart is having trouble circulating oxygenated blood in your body.
If you have any of these symptoms and they have not been explained by something else already, they could be early symptoms of heart attack in men. More than one of these symptoms could mean that there is a risk of heart problems. As soon as you notice anything wrong with your body, call your doctor to get an examination as soon as possible in order to catch problems early.