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Doctors answer your questions on heart health

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - February is American Heart Month and all this week 22News is focusing on your heart health.

Dr. Jim Arcoleo of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Dr. Thomas Schwann, the Chief of the Cardiac Surgery Heart & Vascular Program at Baystate, and Dr. Quinn Pack with the Preventative Cardiologist Heart & Vascular Program at Baystate answered your questions about heart health.

The doctors answered these questions in the video above:

  • If heart disease runs in your family, at what age should you begin paying attention to your heart health?  And what tests should you have done regularly?
  • Does high blood pressure damage or impact your arteries, even if it's managed by medication?
  • Does your level of stress/anxiety increase your risk of heart complications?
  • What is the difference between stents for coronary artery disease and bypass surgery?
  • Who is a candidate for coronary artery bypass surgery?
  • What can be done to avoid coronary artery bypass surgery?
  • What are some things people can do to prevent heart disease? 
  • Is a coronary artery calcium scan a good indicator for future heart risks?
  • If you have had a heart attack, what are some of the things you should be doing to get healthy and what should you do to prevent having another one?
  • What are some of the resources locally for patients with heart disease? 

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