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Today's checkup

Yeah, so this is one of those "old fart LJ's" where I talk about medical stuff.

So my six month checkup, since I'm on a freakload of meds and they like to make sure all is well.

All my numbers were OK from last blood test (blood sugars GREAT, no weird enzymes, triglycerides high, LDL/HDL in the wrong ratio, but not as bad as they have been.)

However. during the checkup the doctor asked the routine question about chest pains.
Now, I've been having some minor chest pains that feel like a cramp or pull, center of chest to left side.
I noticed them about a week and a half ago. Checked blood pressure and sugars and pulse, and nothing was weird, so I figured it was an acid reflux thing.

However, diabetics have the same chance of having a heart attack as a person who already HAD one having a second one. This cheery news meant that Dr. Neihus decided I needed to have an EKG run, which ... OK, last one was at least 10 years ago, sure, go for it. (They couldn't find the previous one.)

So the nurse took one. Then took a second reading because of some 'strange artifacts'. Took it to the doctor for him to read. (Incidentally? You know those pads? If you have a hairy chest, they will make you BLEED taking them off. Best to shave before getting any such testing done. I had to use an electric razor to try to snip away at the hairs on the pads, All but ONE came free without blood.)

The doctor's response: "You have an inferior-Q reading that suggests you had a heart attack in the past."
I know of no such attack. Getting to a pulse rate of about 160 on the treadmill doesn't cause me any pain or distress, really. So, a Thallium-infusion treadmill stress test WILL take place, they'll call me with the time and place. This means that if I DO have any circulatory problems in my cardiac muscle they'll show up.

That should be interesting. @yay and stuff.


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Jul. 21st, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I had my treadmill test last year, yeah, interesting ...

"What's he back there for?"

"He catches you if you collapse and fly off the treadmill backwards."
Jul. 21st, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Cripes, dude, ungroovy. I know what you mean about the pads, though, last time I had a EKG, the nurse placing them just cringed and apologized. Thankfully, my knife is never far away.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
I have to have a treadmill stress test every two years. The first one I had was horrible--they had to hold me on the treadmill. The second one, I practiced for, and predictably it went much better. (I'd been doing intervals, and they really helped.)

I have a really GREAT cardiologist; I really recommend seeing one.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
It's quite possible to have a heart attack and not be aware of it. Not a big honkin' one, but a small one you don't really notice because you ascribe it to indigestion or a pulled muscle. We hope you DIDN'T, of course.
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