I had a check-up yesterday with DH's cardiologist. Woo Hoo, I passed the EKG with flying colors!!
Have to go back for a sonogram and stress test. Double ugh!
I get it - I'm not one that runs to the doc very often, but looking for extra trouble is what cardiologists do, lol. This guy has been DH's doc for at least 10 years and we trust him.? if the EKG is excellent why go through that? sounds like looking for extra trouble for no reason to me, but i'm always leery of docs these days.
I get it - I'm not one that runs to the doc very often, but looking for extra trouble is what cardiologists do, lol. This guy has been DH's doc for at least 10 years and we trust him.
I've had some concerns since DD passed and because of that, he wants to do a full workup. I believe that if DD had been more concerned with her own health that she might still be alive. I can't do that to my family - thus - total workup. He also believes that everyone should have a thorough cardiac examination when they reach the age of 60. I'm "a few" years past 60, lol.
“When you have an EKG, your heart’s electrical efficiency is measured – we look to see if the pattern is normal, too fast, too slow or erratic,” says Julio Perez, MD, Director of Echocardiography for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “We can also learn if there is abnormality in the shape or size of the heart. An EKG is a good first test, and can show when there is an irregularity that would be associated with heart disease.”
However, an EKG is not very accurate in evaluating the pumping ability of the heart. For that, an echocardiogram is recommended.
According to Dr. Perez, “An echocardiogram (echo) is an ultrasound of the heart. It shows the internal structure, and how the blood flows through it. The echo measures the size and shape of the heart, how well the valves are functioning, how the left and right side communicate, and the velocity of the blood leaving the heart.”
The echo is used to diagnose coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, enlargement or thickening of the heart muscle. Dr. Perez adds, “The stress echo combines the information from an EKG and the echo into one test. It can raise the accuracy of the diagnostic test into the 80th percentile. Echos are especially helpful in diagnosing heart problems in women.”
That's why I already warned this doc that I'm a challenging patient. My DH has a great relationship/friendship with this guy and warned him that I'm not one of those folks who thinks MD means "medical deity." I don't just take their word for anything - I ask tons of questions and demand an explanation that I can understand. My body, my decisions and my right to know!I was "sent" to have all that done in 2021--- the bottom line I was told, " you have a normal heart for a woman your age"
WTH does that mean???
Did you ASK? I'm like FEM....ask until you get an answer, even question the answer if not concise. My mother always got more info when I began going along -- better results too, when I controlled her eats.?is anything clogged, do I need to do???? something better/different??? all that money and I know nothing.