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Ask a physician: What are best ways to build, maintain strong, healthy heart?

Feb. 9, 2012 at midnight
Updated Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:09 p.m.

Dr. Harish Chandna

Dr. Harish Chandna

February may be American Heart Month, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be aware the rest of the time about just how powerful an organ your heart is.

I'm worried that as I age, I may begin to have heart-related issues. What can I do to keep my heart healthy?

Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:

According to the Framingham Heart Study, age is one of the predictors of heart disease, along with diabetes, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol and family history.

If one has a strong family history of heart disease, one should see their family physician. There are some tests to detect asymptomatic heart disease: calcium scores, blood testing and an ultrasound of the heart are just some examples.

The best precaution is to maintain ideal weight, exercise regularly and see your doctors if you have any symptoms of chest pain, heartburn or indigestion.

Dr. Harish Chandna is a board certified cardiologist.

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