You may not be totally aware of this yet, but as men age, they are at risk of developing heart conditions that could result to a heart attack. A fact that must be recognized by everyone as working out regularly and eating healthy does not leave one immune to heart attacks.
Heart attack risks are increased by the time a man reaches the age of 45 and after 55 for women, regardless of whether your family has a history of heart diseases, which further ups the ante of risks.
The American Heart Association pointed out that among the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack on top of chest discomfort is shortness of breath, upper body discomfort, nausea, cold sweat and lightheadedness.
These symptoms are often mistaken as indigestion or heartburn by many, but people must always be cautious about these signs as these are highly potential pre-cursors to a heart attack, especially for those with diagnosed risks for cardiovascular problems.
People who tend to suffer these symptoms either wait too long to take action due to being unsure of what to do or simply ignore it or brush it aside and wait until it subsides.
However, The American Heart Association said that it only takes minutes for heart attack to rear its ugly head and cause damage and worse, the longer it takes to seek help the more brain and heart tissue dies and could result to disability and even death.
In the United States alone, a person suffers a heart attack episode.
A healthy heart is usually characterized by exercise and diet, by having regular physical activity like running for cardiovascular activity for at least 30 minutes four to five times a week and minimizing salt and fat intake in diets.
For those suffering from high blood pressure, caution should always be taken to control cholesterol levels and maintain healthy blood sugar levels for those with diabetes.
The Center for Disease Control reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and more than half of those reported deaths were cause by heart disease in men back in 2009.
More than half a million Americans die each year and accounts for 1 in every four deaths.