Two out of three men are overweight and a quarter smoke or drink too much. Invariably they put off visiting a doctor, as a result men in Britain die on average five years earlier than women.
By far the biggest killer of men in the UK is heart disease. One in five die from the condition.
Coronary heart disease describes what happens when your heart's blood supply is restricted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. If a coronary artery becomes completely blocked, it can cause a heart attack
Symptoms are heaviness in the chest, chest pain, palpitations and unusual breathlessness.
What are the risk factors?
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Cholesterol
- Being physically inactive
- Being overweight or obese
- Family history of heart disease
- Ethnic background
- Age - the older you are the more likely you are to develop coronary heart disease
How you deal with stress, the amount of alcohol you drink as well as the type of job you do and your income may also increase your risk.
As with most conditions early diagnosis is key for successful treatment. But by making some simple lifestyle changes you can cut your risk of developing heart disease in the first place.
You can have a free health check to assess your risk of coronary heart disease if you are aged between 40 and 74 years old and live in England.
The health check usually takes place at your GP surgery. Your blood pressure and cholesterol levels will be checked and your lifestyle discussed. You will then be given practical advice on how to keep your heart healthy.
Click here to find out more about free NHS health checks.
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