It's amazing how far doctors have come treating the heart.

After undergoing ablation surgery — where they scar small areas of the heart that can cause rhythm problems — I wanted to be sure that I would never have to worry about my heart again.

So on Monday I had a procedure where a loop recorder was injected into my chest and will monitor my heart, sending signals back to a home base that will keep me abreast of any problems should they pop up in plenty of time to nip them in the bud. Future recorders will be able to monitor things like blood sugar as well.

My family has a history of heart disease. My grandfather died of a heart attack at the age of 59, carrying papers for the Newark Evening News. My mother passed away at the age of 65 after having a quintuple bypass.

The peace of mind is unbelievable and if you're having heart problems of any kind, the good news is they have these advances that can treat them. Here's hoping they come a long way with cancer as well.

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