5 Frightening Men's Health Statistics

Heart Disease

Heart disease kills more men in the United States than any other cause or ailment.

For instance, heart disease caused approximately 26 percent of men's deaths in 2006 [source: CDC]. Frighteningly, more than half of men who develop heart disease show few or no symptoms. Some heart complications in men aren't apparent until a man falls into cardiac arrest, in which the heart stops functioning normally.

Heart disease affects many women as well, but it's more common in men.

Which factors contribute to this statistic?

Though the cause varies by person, lifestyle factors, including cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity may increase a person's risk of developing heart disease.

Read on to learn how accidents contribute to our next men's health statistic.