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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Clean Bill of Health

Friday I had my yearly check-up with my doctor. Oh how I hate that appointment, think the worst part is making the darn thing and getting there. Once I am on my way back out the door I think to myself it really isn't that bad....till next year when I have to make that appointment again.

Anyways, my biggest concern was my heart. With my dad passing away very suddenly back in June, due to a massive heart attack I started becoming more aware of my own health. My dad was on medication for his heart and I wanted to know where I stood. There are more people my age having heart attacks some survive some don't. Lets face it none of us are getting any younger and heart disease is something many of us will face. There is a history of heart disease on both sides of my family which I know will always play a factor, like my doctor says that we can't do anything about, but it doesn't mean that I will have it but chances are greater than someone who doesn't have a family history of heart disease. Good news is I am a woman and I don't smoke - these reduce my risk of heart disease greatly. After checking my pulse points around my body, looking through my eyes at the blood vessels, that along with my blood pressure being normal, my cholesterol level is normal, thyroid is normal my doctor tells me that at this time my heart is very healthy. I asked if he seen any need for me to see a heart specialist for stress tests, ECG etc...he didn't see any need as they will tell me the same thing that he has. My doctor has reassured me that each year he will do a thorough heart check like he did this time. The only thing that is a risk at this time is my weight...which I am back on my lifestyle changes and working towards a healthier me.

So all in all my yearly check-up gave me good news not just for my heart but my over all health. All I am waiting for is the results of the one dreaded yearly test, which my doctor anticipates to be good as well. I am glad that the changes that I have been making in my life not just health wise but the extra circular ones that I was involved in that I have stepped away from have helped me gain my health back.

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