You know how you know something is wrong but you just can’t put your finger on what it is? For a while I have been feeling what for me is not normal. Every time I would do anything that involved some kind of physical exertion I would end up with some chest pain. I didn’t have numbness or shortness of breath, just this discomfort.
I figured I should tell my doctor, Dr. Hafiz, when I had my last appointment. I did and he scheduled me for an exercise echo which I had done last Friday. His staff has got to be one of the best. First, Tanya (hope I have her name correct) took me back and got me hooked up. We had to then wait for Lori to bring the echo machine down. She was a bit backed up.
After the resting echo of my heart Dr. Hafiz came in and we began the treadmill portion of the test. I admit that I didn’t last as long as they would have liked. It was then a quick hop back to the table so that Lori could do a second echo while my heart was still beating rapidly.
Dr. Hafiz was kind enough co give me copies of both results because he knew I would blog about them today. Here are the pictures.
It might be a bit difficult to see but the second one shows my heart after the treadmill. The circled spots show that there is a problem. According to Dr. Hafiz the oxygen supply and demand are out of kilter. I am not getting the amount I need when doing any kind of exercise.
He suggested that I have a catheterization done to see if I need a stent. He wanted it done this week. I got a call from a heart group in Reading this morning and I am scheduled to see a doctor on Thursday. She will discuss things with me and set up an appointment for the test.
In the meantime, Dr, Hafiz gave me a time released nitro tablet to take daily. Hence the title of this slice. The nitro gives me a headache so I have had one everyday since I started taking the medication. It usually wears off my around six o’clock.
My one concern with having this done now is that I signed up for the March challenge and to be part of the Welcome Wagon. I will not be able to complete the challenge because there will be at least two days when I will be out of commission and not be able to post during the month. I will probably not post comments on those days as well, but Betsy said she take care of those assigned to me for those days – thank you, Betsy.
Oh well, at least I’ll have some topics to write about during the month.