Thursday, April 18, 2013

App't with cardiologist

I was dreading the cardio appt, but it went VERY well. Since the thyroid tests proved it's not my thyroid and the thyrostim is not drastically affecting those numbers, (I TOLD ya, doc!) we're back to looking at the heart. He's suggested 2 fish oil caps twice a day and a workout routine designed to strengthen the heart and get me down to a lower resting heart rate. The workout is 5min cardio followed by 10min cool down (not resting, just lower impact). Next week 10min cardio, 10min cool down and building up the cardio each week.

He said it can take 3-6 months to work, so he wants to see me again in 6 months. I can do the workout more than once a day, as much as I can tolerate. He said he had good results doing this with another patient who was actually passing out a lot - which I have not done. I'm just happy he didn't try to push meds on me. He did say that the one test was a possible indicator of heart disease so he also asked if I wanted to do a CT to check for calcification in the arteries and I'm willing to do that as well. Scheduled for Apr 30.

6 comments:

Diane 150 Pounds Gone Forever said...

I hope they find out exactly what it is very soon!!

MIZ said...

checking on you.
so glad it went well and appreciate the updates.

xo

Yum Yucky said...

He must be a great doc to be recommending exercise. It's almost unheard of in this day & age of Big Pharma. Meds don't always have to be Plan A. I hoping the cardio program works out well for you. And don't forget to have fun with it!

Mike Carter said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I had to take my grandfather to a Queens cardiologist because he has been having some heart problems lately. Good news is that he has been doing better as of late.

Aimee said...

Sounds like good advice. As someone with heart diseae, I know it's very important to follow up with regular visits and do the work. Good luck to you.

Max said...

Hope everything went well for you (with your tests and everything). I had a recent scare myself. Six months later I feel better than ever.