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Should i be concerned if my father had open heart surgery. i m now 19. i am fearing in future i may have heart problems . is there any way to prevent heart problems?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: The cause of coronary artery disease is formation of plaques in the vessels. The best way to avoid it is to prevent the formation of the plaques in the first place. This can be done by controlling blood pressure, controlling diabetes, control cholesterol, watching weight, exercise, and stop smoking.

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Last updated Dec 26, 2013

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