Saturday, February 09, 2008
So, I FINALLY got back to the cardiologist today, for more than blood work and other tests... and I have... a near clean bill of health. Blood pressure- normal, he's chalking the pre-hypertensive diagnosis to nerves and pain at the hospital and first visit. Total cholesterol, 180, HDL a little too low, at 36, i think it was, LDL, slightly elevated, at 110. The enzyme test for immediate heart danger was clean, the test for future heart issues... elevated :(
Not completely clear, but, less frightening than it looked like. Doctor wants me to push my weight loss very hard, he'd like to see 100 pounds off this year, 25 pounds by May 9, when I see him next and he totally approves of our dietary changes, which include a LOT of organic whole grains, veggies, and soy products, and smaller and less frequent servings of lean meats. The bad news is, if that doesn't correct the balance of my Cholesterol within 6 month, it signals that I'm probably going to have some hereditary cholesterol issues, and they might need medicating later on.
I'm having some knee and ankle problems that I'm hoping don't keep me off track too much, I'm going to push myself as much as I possibly can, and still be able to function. Doctor says we're treating this as aggressively as a middle aged heart attack victim would, and hopefully, we can get ahead of the problems, and erase the possible later danger, without having to resort to prescription medications.
Anyhow... that's all, I guess... I know I've not been so active here lately, but I haven't given up, really, just, hard to find the time in the day to do all I NEED to do, let alone the stuff I'd like to do :D