Heart disease affects more than 1 in 3 men in the United States. In some cases, a person may have evident signs of heart disease that are easily recognizable. It is possible, however, to develop heart disease without experiencing any noticeable symptoms. Some risk factors are modifiable, while others are not. Unfortunately, being male is a heart disease risk factor in and of itself. While heart disease affects an equal amount of women, men tend to have a greater risk of heart attack and typically have attacks at a younger age. Even after menopause, when a woman’s death rate from heart disease increases, the number of fatal heart attacks in women is still less than in men. Due to the unique risk factors that men face as it relates to heart disease, the Heart of a Man program was created.
In the fall of 2019, a group of men attended the HeartSmarts class at Bethel Gospel Assembly Church in Harlem, NY. Over the course of 12-weeks, these men transformed by adopting healthier lifestyles, increasing their knowledge about heart disease, losing weight, and improving their overall health. Their stories can be viewed in the video below.