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Ask Your Heart Health Questions!

via Get Fit Challenge

Sports cardiologist Dr. Jafar is taking over our Get Fit newsfeed this week to answer any questions you have about exercise and heart health.

If you’re wondering what you need to know to improve your fitness and help reduce your heart disease risk, Dr. Jafar is here to help. Simply ask any questions you have in the comment section below!

Dr. Jafar is the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Structural Heart Program at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He is regarded as one of the most skilled and busiest interventional cardiologists in New York State, performing more than 1,000 procedures a year.

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4 thoughts on “Ask Your Heart Health Questions!

  1. I have currently lost over 30 pounds after eating LCHF (low carb, healthy fats) since starting in March 2017. I am also increasing my activity level to walking and including interval training. What are your thoughts on this way of eating/lifestyle?

  2. Hi, Tracy! That’s great. It’s not easy to lose weight. The next important thing now is to maintain it by continuing your healthy lifestyle. Diet is so critical to weight control. I agree without a doubt that a low carb/healthy fat diet is good. The Mediterranean diet and South Beach diet are also excellent. Any kind of exercise is good, but I believe very strongly in interval training. It gives the most bang for your buck. It is also a good idea to have your basal metabolic rate measured. This way you will know exactly how many calories you need to maintain a healthy weight. Keep it up! – Dr. Jafar

  3. jow,

    my resting heart rate is 40 bpm. i do yoga ti chi and walk at least 30 min per day. is that a good heart rate. i don,t consider myself an athlete.

  4. Hi, Jow! That depends on a lot of factors, especially your age. Low heart rates are very normal in athletes and people who do yoga. However, in older patients, it could signal early signs of conduction system disease. A low heart rate can also be seen in Lyme disease. If you have any more questions or concerns, please schedule an appointment: