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Monitor Your Heart Health

The heart is so well protected from outside danger that monitoring the heart can be a challenge. A doctor has several ways of viewing the heart without actually opening the chest. An open heart surgery is performed only as the last resort. To monitor the heart, the doctor begins by touching the chest and if the tip of the heart can be felt pushing against the chest then it can be concluded that the heart may be enlarged. The doctor may thump lightly on the chest to get an idea of the heart's shape. Your body's vital signs also tell how well the heart is working. Next, the doctor uses a stethoscope to hear the sound of the heart and if he hears any unusual sounds other than the normal heart sounds of lub and dub then heart arrhythmias and murmurs are a possibility. An arrhythmia is an irregular pattern of the heart's beat and a murmur indicates that blood is seeping through the closed valve separating the atrium and ventricle. An x-ray machine is used to make a shadow picture of the heart which shows the size and position of the heart and also show any deformities in the heart. Modern technology has enabled to view clearer pictures of the heart and Echocardiography and Electrocardiography are two techniques that provide detailed information about the heart without causing any real discomfort to the patient.