Cedars-Sinai Magazine

Symptoms Men Shouldn’t Ignore

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Play through the pain. Tough it out. Man up. Too many men have heeded these messages, which may be a reason why 40 percent visit the doctor only when a symptom becomes unbearable, according to a recent survey. But Cedars-Sinai men’s health experts caution that ignoring the body’s warning signs can lead to serious health issues.


“Shoulder pain and weakness during everyday activities like sleeping or cleaning the house could mean a tear in the rotator cuff. Repairing it through surgery can prevent the tear from getting bigger and affecting the surrounding muscle and tendons, which can cause irreversible damage.”

Suketu Vaishnav, MD, Orthopaedics


“Men tend to attribute erectile dysfunction to low libido, low testosterone or aging. But because atherosclerosis affects all arteries—and the penile arteries are among the smallest in the body—erectile dysfunction can be one of the earliest manifestations of heart disease.”

Raymond Zimmer, MD, Cardiology


“Men don’t realize that their loud snoring may signal obstructive sleep apnea. This serious condition puts undue strain on the heart, leading to arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension and congestive heart failure.”

Jon Rasak, MD, Internal Medicine


“Men often dismiss urinary problems—weak stream, difficulty starting or maintaining flow, and even incontinence—as just part of growing older. But ignoring these symptoms can impair bladder and kidney function if left untreated.”

Howard Kim, MD, Urology


Our experts agree: None of these symptoms should be panic-inducing. Men with health concerns should visit a primary care doctor, who can help sort out what’s a warning sign and what’s normal.