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Sept. 29 is World Heart Day, a day for us to take a moment and consider our own heart health. While your health care provider can detect many heart conditions during a physical examination, many cases also rely on the information patients share with us. In this sense, patients are partners in helping reduce their risk of significant heart disease.

To illustrate this, picture an automobile engine. Modern engines have many components including mechanical, electrical and even plumbing. When an engine isn’t performing as it should, a skilled mechanic can recognize when isn’t producing enough power or that it isn’t firing on all cylinders. However, it’s difficult for a mechanic to recognize upon initial inspection when a fuel line is becoming clogged but hasn’t yet caused a problem.

The heart is much like the “engine”