One of the leading causes of death for American men is heart disease. Heart disease is also known as atherosclerosis, which translates to "hardening of the arteries." This condition is brought about by the accumulation of cholesterol plaque on the walls of arteries near the heart and brain. If a portion of that plaque is loosened or removed, the result can be blockage of the artery, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Men should seek medical care aimed at preventing heart disease, evaluating health conditions and determining a course of treatment if there are indications of atherosclerosis. There are a number of ways to address heart disease, including diet and lifestyle modification, prescription drug therapy and even surgery. As with all medical care, taking a proactive approach and following the recommendations of a trusted physician can yield powerful results.
In many cases, impaired sexual function is the results of the decline in the body’s hormone levels. The best way to treat these issues is to complete a comprehensive physical evaluation, including bloodwork to assess current hormone levels. A physician can determine a treatment plan to supplement declining testosterone. That can bring about positive changes to erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive and a number of other sexual health issues.
Testicular cancer continues to be a serious health issue for American men. It is estimated that nearly 9000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2016. When diagnosed early and properly treated, the risk of death associated with testicular cancer is relatively low. However, screening for testicular abnormalities is an essential component of a thorough men's health physical examination. Building a good relationship with one's physician is key to properly addressing this and many other types of illness.