Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Visit to My Cardiologist

My heart doctor


This afternoon I visited my cardiologist.

Good news and bad news.

The good news is that he is very easy on the eyes.  No names here but I will post a photo.  He is also very knowledgeable and comforting which helps me a lot since I am venturing into unknown territory for me.  I was supposed to be the Healthy Brother, since both of my younger brothers have heart problems.  Both of them are overweight and exercise very little.  I'm not overweight (would like to lose that five pounds of inner tube around my middle though) and I get plenty of exercise.  This wasn't supposed to happen to me.

So here is the bad news.  I have an irregular heartbeat.  They don't know why.  They have set me up for a series of tests.  Stop reading now if you don't want to go to sleep because this is boring.  I'll try to make it as quick and painless as possible.


  • 9/13/2012 - Echocardiogram
  • 9/26/2012 - Cardiolite Stress Test
  • 9/19/2012 - Miscelaneous Monitor Recorder Tet
  • 12/04/2012 - Vascular Testing
So that's it folks. I'll get back to my regular, snarky posts next time around.  Thought I would bring you all up to date on my medical condition.


14 comments:

  1. Thanks for providing us with this update, Ron - and I'll look forward to your "regular, snarky posts".
    What a cute doctor!

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    1. Jon,

      The doctor was even better looking in person! Tall with broad shoulders and a very pleasant personality which always turns me on.

      Ron

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  2. spouse has had the first 2 tests; heart valve replacement and single bypass in 2008.

    YOU WILL SURVIVE! CAUSE ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE!

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    1. Anne Marie,

      Oh God, I don't want any bypass or heart valve replacements. Hopefully my situation is minor.

      Ron

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  3. Good luck. You're on top of the situation and in otherwise good health. My mom, same age as you, had her condition either brought on early or triggered by her chemo and radiation treatments. She just takes a pill each morning.

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    1. Sean,

      I often wonder how often situations are caused by treatments of other health issues. I am being very careful here. Hopefully I can stabilize any situation I have by just taking a pill each morning. The slow decline Sean. Inevitable.

      Ron

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    2. Anonymous2:28 PM

      Hi Ron,

      Sorry to hear about the problems with your heart. I developed the same problem in my mid 50's & am 63 now. I've gone to the ER by
      ambulance 6 times between that time frame for a racing heart rate almost 200 beats per minute. I was panting for my breath by the time the paramedics got there. It's a scarry situation to say the least. I've had the same tests yearly now & take night meds. It's a very unsettling feeling & just comes on out of the blue. It could be worse, as I'm still here. The next time they may shock my heart. Now that scares me. Take care & don't take any chances if it gets any worse. I'll be praying for you.

      Fran

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    3. Thank you Fran.

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  4. These all sound like typical cardiac work up ideas, so I am not worried.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      Again, you are right. These series of tests are "typical cardio work up ideas." I've never had any of these tests before which came as a great surprise to my longtime friend Lar, who is the same age as me and went through these same series of tests years ago. My cardiologist didn't seem too concerned but he thought it might be a good idea to go through this series of test "just in case." I agree with him. One of my concerns is that I could have a blocked artery much like David Letterman did that the symptoms wouldn't show until too late. I think I am doing the right thing.

      Ron

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    2. think of it as a fun way to get to see your cardioMD a bit more :-)

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    3. Dr. Spo,

      That is exactly my attitude towards this series of tests I will be having. Also, I've never had any of these cardio tests before in my life so it was time that I had them just in case I have a blocked valve or some such thing. Of course the icing on the cake is the follow-up visit with my cardiologist when the tests are completed.

      Ron

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  5. Five years ago those test would have confused and scared me too. But since I have been working at the hospital it takes more than a test to scare me. A drunk addicted homeless person swinging an axe around the ER, that's scary. You will be just fine.

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    1. Jeff,

      I think I will be fine. These tests that I will be taking are routine. I've never had them before and it was probably time at my age to take them just in case. A "drunk, addicted, homeless person swinging an ax around the ER" my God, now that's something that would worry me. :)

      Ron

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