Medical Update

Cardiologist… sigh. We have good news, pretty much… sort of:
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1. he redid the EKG – it was fine this time, and the one last week may have been tainted because the clinic where I had the first one was freezing cold.
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2. he asked if anyone had ever mentioned my faint heart murmur… Uh, no they have not. No idea what it means yet, if anything. I guess we will find out down the line.
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3. My blood pressure has been fine at home all week, morning and night. As in this morning, it was 113 / 74 and pulse was 71. Boom – at their office, it’s 140 / 104, and pulse is still 70. WTH???
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4. Heart Testing… going to wear a heart monitor for a day and have a stress test next month. Oh joy…
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5. More testing… he wants to look at the blood vessels in my legs because they are covered in little tiny varicose veins, which have been there since I was at least 13…. I know this because I will never forget where I was sitting the time someone told me I had ‘old lady legs’ and pointed them out to me. Double sigh.
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The good news? He isn’t really concerned about most of it at my age, he just wants to see how my heart is doing and does when it is working hard; hence the stress test. And, I am on no restrictions, which means that I can walk, run, workout, and generally do what ever I normally do. That in itself brings me a lot of relief. YAY!!
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We just have to get the bp situation resolved and get my cholesterol down… since I have a family history of both, I’m going to focus on doing the best I can and not let it worry me too much. I mean, I hate to be pessimistic, but when they tried to lower my grand mother’s, her cholesterol went up. Not to mention my mother has fought with her blood pressure for twenty years, or more…. I’m not holding my breath.
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Thank you all for your messages and concern, but it looks like this is on the back burner for a month. Please don’t worry about me; I’m not. And I will let you know when I hear something then, what ever that may be..
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❤ Sam

4 Comments

  1. Posted March 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Glad to hear all is pretty much as it should be. I had a relative with a heart murmur, never gave them a bit of trouble. As to your blood pressure being up in the doctor’s office, welcome to the White Coat BP High group. Happens to me all the time and to a couple of other people I know. Fear of Doctors!!! Hugs kiddo.

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  2. Teri Riggs
    Posted March 23, 2016 at 4:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you for the update. I’m glad the news is pretty much…sort of… good.

    Stress increases the B/P and sitting in a cardiologist’s office is pretty freakin’ stressful. Still, it sounds like you are genetically predisposed to high B/P. It’s a good thing you’re dealing with this now. The earlier you get control of the condition, the better you can beat it’s ass into submission! Amazing that no one has caught the heart murmur until now.

    Take care and follow all the doctor’s orders.

    Hugs, sweetie!

    No get busy writing me some more Tory… Hahahahah.

    Teri

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    • Posted March 24, 2016 at 3:13 am | Permalink | Reply

      Actually, I was thinking about that afterwards.. maybe it’s so faint that other doctors just never noticed… I mean, he is a heart specialist, so it’s really his thing to pick up on those minute details. Anyway – ty for the thoughts and I be getting out some new books very soon =)

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  3. Posted March 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Samantha, I’m happy to hear that you’re doing well and the doctor isn’t concerned right now.  Your BP could have been cause by being anxious to see the dr./find out results.  Ask the dr if you can do the Thallium stress test in the hospital.   http://www.healthline.com/health/thallium-stress-test.  I had it done in 2013 and it was painless-all I did was lay on the table.  They take a lot of pics of your heart before and ater but it beats the treadmill! I will keep you in my prayers. Lori From: Samantha Jacobey To: lazzara.lori@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 11:48 AM Subject: [New post] Medical Update #yiv8156468293 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv8156468293 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv8156468293 a.yiv8156468293primaryactionlink:link, #yiv8156468293 a.yiv8156468293primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv8156468293 a.yiv8156468293primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv8156468293 a.yiv8156468293primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv8156468293 WordPress.com | Samantha Jacobey posted: “Cardiologist… sigh. We have good news, pretty much… sort of:.1. he redid the EKG – it was fine this time, and the one last week may have been tainted because the clinic where I had the first one was freezing cold..2. he asked if anyone ha” | |

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