Do Men Have a Higher Risk for Heart Disease?

Heart disease affects both men and women; in fact, it’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. Still, studies show that men are at a significantly higher risk of heart attacks throughout their lives, a fact that holds true even when accounting for traditional risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

In this brief article brought to you by Cardiovascular Specialists of York, we explore why men face this increased risk, and we hope this insight highlights the importance of regularly visiting a dependable cardiologist to keep your heart in check.

Understanding the higher risk in men

It’s a frequently mentioned position: men are twice as likely to experience heart attacks as women. But is this true; if so, why is this the case? Here are some key factors that contribute to this disparity:

  • Biological Differences: Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, has been linked to higher levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. This imbalance can lead to the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease.
  • Behavioral Factors: Men are more likely to engage in behaviors that increase the risk of heart disease. These include smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and leading a sedentary lifestyle. While these behaviors aren’t exclusive to men, they are more prevalent.
  • Stress and Coping Mechanisms: Men and women often handle stress differently. Men may be less likely to seek help for stress or depression, which can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms like smoking or overeating. Chronic stress can also contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Delayed Medical Attention: Men are less likely to visit the doctor regularly compared to women. This means that conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes may go undiagnosed and untreated for longer periods

Risks factors to think about

Even though men face a higher risk, both men and women should be able recognize and manage the common risk factors for heart disease, which include:

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Smoking

Taking proactive steps – at your pace

Living a healthy life is a perquisite for a fulfilling life. There are proactive steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease.

For beginners, sleep and eat well. Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit your intake of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium.

If you’re well-rested and fed, and if your body permits, we like to recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Activities like brisk walking, swimming, and cycling are great for heart health.

Finally, put an end to those unhealthy coping mechanisms. Smoking and alcohol are significant contributors to heart disease. Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Show your support system some love and encourage one another to talk about stressors. Jump on any opportunity to seek professional help if you need.

Visit a licensed heart doctor

Call Cardiovascular Specialists of York if you would like to share questions or concerns with a licensed heart doctor. Our team is here to take your call or message today.


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