Early Symptoms of Heart Disease Men Should Know

Jun 8 • 2015

Heart disease is one of the biggest health risks that men face. In fact, more than one in three men suffers from heart disease. This includes coronary artery disease, heart failure, angina, arrhythmias, heart irregularities, and heart-related infections.

There are several early warning signs of heart disease, but unfortunately many men do not realize that these symptoms could be dangerous.

Chest Discomfort
Having pain in your chest is one of the most commonly recognized symptoms of a heart attack, but not all heart attacks cause chest pain. Additionally, chest pain can be the result of other issues. The severity of the pain can range from an uncomfortable feeling of pressure to a minor ache.

Having a heart attack can cause you to feel intense anxiety. People who have had one in the past often describe feeling an immense fear of death.

Dizziness and Fatigue
Heart attacks and abnormalities in your heart rhythm can cause you to feel lightheaded, dizzy, or even lose consciousness. Unusual fatigue is often a common symptom of heart failure, as well as in the weeks leading up to a heart attack.

Persistent Cough
Having an accumulation of fluid in the lungs can cause you to cough or wheeze relentlessly. Some people will find themselves coughing up blood.

Loss of Appetite
Many people feel sick to their stomach or vomit during a heart attack. Heart failure can cause abdominal swelling, which can also impact your appetite.

Pain in Your Body
Pain often begins in the chest, but can spread to elbows, back, neck, shoulders, arms, jaw, or abdomen. Some people experience pain in these other areas without any chest pain whatsoever. The discomfort can be chronic or come and go.

Irregular Pulse and Trouble Breathing
A rapid or irregular pulse can be a sign of a heart attack, especially if you are also feeling weak, dizzy, or having trouble catching your breath. Shortness of breath may also accompany pain in your chest.

If you find yourself experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, be proactive and speak with your doctor immediately. Knowing how to recognize the warning signs is the best way to prevent a heart attack and other life-threatening heart issues.