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Heart Disease

What Doctors Know: Reluctance to see doctor among key men's health issues

Source: University of Mississippi Medical Center

Men have higher morbidity rates in almost every one of the leading causes of death in the United States, a factor leading to a renewed focus on men's health issues.

Some of the problem stems from basic machismo, a sense that men don't need to see a physician until something is noticeably wrong.

"Men are less likely to go to the doctor for many reasons," said Dr. Mike McMullan, director of UMMC's adult congenital heart program and professor of cardiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. "Many of them seem to feel that...