June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men and their families to practice and implement healthy living choices.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die 5 years earlier than women. These are other stats that illustrate the need to prioritize men's health.
We close out this Men's Health Month by focusing on spreading awareness about the leading cause of death in men – heart disease.
The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD), which affects the blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack. Symptoms of heart disease include:
Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
Sometimes heart disease may be “silent” and not diagnosed until a man experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrhythmia. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease. These conditions and lifestyle choices can put men at a higher risk for heart disease:
To reduce chances of getting heart disease, it's important to do the following:
Throughout this month, we've shared with the public educational messages about sexually transmitted diseases, erectile dysfunction, depression, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, and more. To honor Men's Health Month, please join the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center in heightening awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH)