TAMPA, Fla. — Every year, the month of June is dedicated to raising awareness about health issues that affect all men.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men in the United States, and it can affect men at younger ages than women. Cardiologist Dr. David Goldgrab says that preventive care is critical.


What You Need To Know

  • Every year, the month of June is dedicated to raising awareness about health issues that affect all men. 

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men in the United States, and it can affect men at younger ages than women

  • Cardiologist Dr. David Goldgrab says that preventive care is critical

  • Every week, Coach Courtney Daniel hosts free community workouts where he shares his own comeback story after two heart surgeries

“Some of the big risk factors are high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, which tend to be more prevalent sometimes in men,” he said. “The effect of those diseases over time from a younger age, they get older, have the effect on the heart. So it's very important to get control of those things earlier on. See your primary care doctor to get those risk factors in control.”

Courtney Daniel, also known as "Coach C-Lo," is a transformational coach who sets the standard for others to follow.

“People got to see you go through it before they even start. I can only imagine me telling people what to do and I'm not doing anything,” he said.

Every week, Daniel hosts free community workouts where he shares his own story.

“I’ve had two heart surgeries,” he said. “The first one was when I was 19. Running track for the University of Florida. Then, four years ago, I got in a car accident. They found two aneurysms in my chest, and they repaired that as well. They said that was because of the surgery 20 years ago.”

Daniel said that his recovery time was shorter due to his overall good health. His message has resonated with more than 50,000 followers online and through his classes, especially with men at high risk.

According to the American Heart Association, in the United States, someone experiences a heart attack every 40 seconds, which equates to about 805,000 people a year.

Of these cases, 605,000 are first-time heart attacks, while 200,000 are recurrent. Experts say about one in five heart attacks are “silent,” meaning the person might not even realize that damage has occurred.

“We wait till something super bad happens and then we want to really get healthy right then and there. But if you start now, getting to the habits now, be consistent now and you'll be good for some time now,” Daniel said.

Daniel was recently honored by the Vibes Awards, which named him “Coach of the Year” for 2024.

“It felt great being acknowledged and just have people see or see my hard work and they and they like it as well,” he said, adding that he wants others to overcome their own health battles.

“Take care of yourself because you matter and make yourself a priority," he said. "Don't put yourself last."