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Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest in Men


What else do I need to know about heart attacks and cardiac arrest?

Being healthy doesn't mean you have to give up everything. You can still order a burger and fries sometimes -- you just can't do it all the time. There's even some fun stuff that may be good for you. Studies suggest, for instance, that one or two beers or glasses of wine a night could reduce your odds of a heart attack.

Second, not taking care of yourself may make your life not only shorter but a heck of a lot worse. A heart attack can start you down a bad path. It injures the tissue, which reduces the heart's ability to pump and can lead to further problems -- strokes, cardiac arrest, and more heart attacks. You could face many years of suffering and disability before you finally die. While we have good treatments for even the gravest heart conditions, it's so much better if you prevent things from getting to that point.

Even less serious health issues can diminish your life. You're hardly living it up if you're breathless after walking up a flight of stairs and your knees ache from carting around excess fat. And when you develop plaque in your arteries, you know which ones may get clogged up first? The arteries in your penis. One sign of early atherosclerosis is erectile dysfunction.

Even if you don't care about a long life, make changes in your behavior so that you can have a good one. Despite the dull reputation that "healthy living" has, it's actually a lot more fun than the alternatives: living with heart disease or not living at all.



WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on September 20, 2014
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