A Personal Post

July 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Today, I had a nuclear stress test.  The test is about 2.5 hours long, and provides the cardiologist with a detailed view.  I have a family history of heart disease.  Both of my parents have had bypass surgeries.  I wanted to avoid this for my life so I stopped eating red meat 26 years ago.  I don't drink, smoke, and I limit the amount of fried foods that I eat.

I scheduled this test because last month I experienced some intense back pains.  They were extremely sharp, and radiated around to my chest.  Initially, I thought that the pain was a result of my office chair, or the plank challenge that I was participating in.  The doctor prescribed a muscle relaxer, and instructed me to take Aleve.  Well, I did as instructed, but a friend reminded me that heart issues in women sometimes present as back pain. I quickly made an appointment with the cardiologist.  He scheduled the nuclear stress test along with a couple of other tests.

Here are some images from today's test.  The technician said that things look fine so far.  Both cardiologists will review the test results. 

Make sure that you take care of yourself.  Know your numbers if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.  Know your parents' health history, if possible.  Educate yourself, and be your own health advocate.



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