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What the Sound of Your Heart Says About Your Health

January 13, 2017

heart-3Call it the sound of your life force — that “lup dub lup dub” beat your healthy heart makes, resounding like rhythmic, repetitive pounding on a drum. When those notes stray off beat or tone, a trained ear can tell that something’s amiss with your health.

A heart murmur may be diagnosed as benign — harmless — or it may need more attention. Just ask Summer Ash, now 38, an astrophysicist who is the director of outreach for Columbia University’s Department of Astronomy in New York City. During a routine physical exam when she was in college, her physician heard a heart murmur and referred Ash for an echocardiogram. The test results indicated that her murmur was nothing to worry about.

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