Listen to Your Heart: Primary Signs of a Heart Attack for Men
June 26, 2017
Listen to Your Heart
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S. In fact, one in four men will die from it. Providence Health wants to change that statistic and help make our community healthier by educating you on the warning signs so we can catch it early.
“If you know what the signs of a heart attack are and you seek medical assistance when you feel them, you greatly increase your odds of recovering and maintaining your heart’s healthy function,” says cardiologist Himadri Dasgupta, MD.
The primary signs and symptoms of heart disease in men* are:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
If you or someone you know exhibits these signs, act quickly. Call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number as soon as you suspect an issue. Every minute matters when it comes to heart disease.
Even if you aren’t experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to have regular wellness visits with your primary care physician to discuss your risk factors and preventive care options. Don’t wait for warning signs. The CDC reports that about half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
Visit www.yourprovidencehealth.com/HeartHealth to take our online heart health assessment and learn about potential risk factors you may have. If you are determined to be at risk, the assessment will connect you to the next steps of care.
If you need a parimary care physician or cardiologist, use our Find A Doc tool.
*Women experience slightly different symptoms.
Dr. Dasgupta earned his medical degree at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College, Calcutta, India, where he also served his rotating internship and a residency in internal medicine and cardiology. He served a residency in internal medicine at Government Medical College, Rohtak, India, and was named Intern of the Year, 1995, at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, where he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine. He earned and fulfilled a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Penn State Geinsinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He has served as medical officer in the Department of Medicine/Cardiology/CCU at Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi, India and the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, India. He is certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.