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First Trip to the Cardiologist


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  • First Trip to the Cardiologist

    Howdy Folks,

    Well i had my first trip to a cardiologist since being diagnosed in November, and overall i feel very confident with this guy. He is also the first doctor i've seen to date who knew as much about HCM as i did. LOL. In lieu of being under professional care these past few months i've spent a lot of time self-educating

    He seemed a bit hurried but that's not to say he wasn't thorough. He took the time to answer most of the questions i had prepared, even if he was halfway out the door and i had to keep asking him questions to keep him in the room. LOL. He is donating his time to me right now so i'm willing to give him a break. He seemed pretty upset that the Heart Institute where i was diagnosed hadn't started me on any treatment or meds, and he gave me over a month's supply of Toprol-XL samples to get me started. My heartrate was 114 (at rest) when he checked it and after just one day on the Toprol i have to say i already feel better. I don't feel my heart pounding in my head for the first time in forever. Heck, i may even sleep tonight

    I'm scheduled for a stress test and holter next week, and he is reviewing the tape of my last echocardiogram to double-check the conclusions of the Heart Institute. This makes me very happy. Based on those we will then know where we stand as far as treatment options. I was surprised to learn that he wants me medicated for the holter though. I would have thought he would want my first monitor to be of my heart in it's normal, unmedicated, wild and wacky state and that we would then use that as a baseline for future tests. But i'm not going to second guess him, he seems to know what he is doing.

    Woo hoo! So this is what it feels like to have regular medical care?

    "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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    Yay!! Doing the happy dance. Glad you're getting good care now. Keep us posted!



    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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      Dear Jim,

      YES! What a great doctor! Very good. I'm glad you are getting taken care of. You should give him the HCMA office number so he can get HCMA info and be on the mailing list, etc.

      Well, you _need_ to be on the toprol --it is just plain dangerous to be walking around with 114 heart rate, so no on is going to tell you to stop taking your meds for the Holter. Also, it is good to know how much the Toprol is able to control and if any arrhythmias are "getting through."

      Keep us posted and hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



      • #4
        Sarah and Reenie,

        You guys are so nice! Thanks for everything, and as always thanks to Lisa for providing so much information and support while i was out in the black hole of untreated HCM

        And Reenie... love the dancing elephant! I feel like doing a little of that myself today!

        Thanks again,

        "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."


        • #5
          Sounds like we are on the path to getting our life back!

          Sounds like you found a great doctor and sounds like YOU have become your own best advocate... to think we knew you "when"...when HCM were 3 little letters you did not understand ...and look at you know...

          One more educated patient... one more smile for me!

          Take care!
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)