If you’ve ever gotten your heart broken, you know: The heart is stronger than we think. In a more literal and possibly less painful way, subjecting your heart to trials might be the best method to reveal its strength.
No, we’re not asking you to date jerks to see how many heartbreaks you can withstand. But it will mean having regular dates with a generalist or internist—whether or not you feel any heartaches—just to be on the safe side.
Carmen Chungungco, M.D., a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City, recommends yearly visits to a doctor, even when you don’t exhibit any symptoms. “A family history of heart disease, vices like smoking or excessive drinking, night shift work, or [being] overweight are risk factors that [warrant a consult] with even just an internist, not necessarily a specialist right away, who can recommend specific tests as necessary,” she elaborates.
We’ve compiled a list of some cardiac diagnostic modalities—or heart challengers, if you will—worth knowing about.