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A "WONDERFUL" echocardiogram


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  • A "WONDERFUL" echocardiogram

    I saw Dr. Sherrid last week and had an echo-cardiogram. It has been one year since I was last tested. That previous echo was done 90 days after my ablation.

    Dr. Sherrid called and said the echo wasn't good--pause--it was wonderful! No obstruction at all. I asked if that meant I didn't have much HCM, and he said, no I still have the thickening of the heart tissue, but the obstruction is totally gone.

    I wonder now, at the age of 58, if I can improve my cardio-vascular health by making it my 1st priority. I always take it slow, don't worry folks! But my obstruction effectively blocked me from much effective cardio-vascular exercise. Now, for the first time, I'm more able to do enough to get to the point where those other factors slow me down. I have always tried to maintain a slow turtle-style endurance. Now I am imitating a turtle with a hot-foot---- ;=]

    Progress is slow, but possible, it seems----

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    Re: A "WONDERFUL" echocardiogram

    Now that sounds exactly like something Dr Sherrid would say to give you that report. I'm so happy for you! Linda


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


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        What great news. Now go out and enjoy life!!!!
        Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
        Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
        Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
        SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
        [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
        Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
        Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
        Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin


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          Re: A "WONDERFUL" echocardiogram

          Hi Liona,
          Sounds like what you need now is controlled physical exercise to tone you up and get you into the best physical shape possible. Why not talk to Dr. Sherrid about getting into a cardiac recovery program (Cardiac Rehab). I think if he recommends it you should have insurance coverage for it.

          That way they can bring you along under controlled conditions so you can, “be all you can be,” (but don’t join the marines.) It is wonderful news that you bring us – I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.