It begins with sweating. Then the tightness and pain creep up through the left arm, into the shoulder, and finally into the chest. This is what a heart attack feels like. Every heart attack is unique, but they all have the same basic warning signs. If any of these symptoms are felt, an aspirin should be taken immediately as it thins the blood which will help the blood travel through the arteries that are most likely blocked.
Heart disease kills nearly 400,000 men per year, making it the number one killer of men. There is a fine line between whether someone survives a heart attack or not, and some of the keys to surviving are taking an aspirin and getting to an ER immediately. These are not foolproof ways, but they will raise the chances of survival significantly. Here is a list of the top five killers for men.
Number five on the list is a stroke. Nearly 50,000 men in America die of a stroke, 1 in 14 of them being under the age of 45. To help prevent a stroke, blood pressure must be kept at 120/80 or less. Even a 10 point rise in the lower number can double the risk of a stroke.
Number four is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In 2006 nearly 60,000 men died from COPD. In over 80% of COPD patients, the cause is smoking. Smoking has also been linked to deaths by heart disease and cancer in men. To avoid COPD don’t smoke and exercise regularly.
Number three is accidents which range from work accidents to car accidents, to fires. 80,000 men die every year from accidents, 30,000 of those being auto accidents. Men are 80% more likely to speed while in a car and 53% more likely to be talking on a phone. To help avoid these accidents, put the phone down, concentrate on driving, and don’t pretend that the highway is a Nascar track.
Number two is cancer. Nearly 300,000 men died from cancer in 2010. Lung cancer is the most common at 29%, followed by prostate cancer at 11% and colon/rectal cancer at 9%. 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Lung cancer can be avoided most of the time by not smoking. The risk of prostate cancer can be cut in half just by having more than 2 grams of garlic or scallions in the diet every day. Coffee also helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Finally the top killer as mentioned above is heart disease. More than 1 in 3 men have some kind of heart disease. To lower the risk significantly, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, calm down and relax in stressful situations, lose weight, and drink at least five glasses of water a day.