Some Attention-grabbing Take a look at Outcomes – BionicOldGuy

I’ve lately had some fascinating medical take a look at outcomes. The primary was my yearly echocardiogram. I noticed my heart specialist right this moment and he confirmed that each one is effectively, besides that some leaking across the edges of my alternative aortic valve, categorised as “gentle to reasonable”. I first discovered about {that a} yr in the past, and my physician confirmed there’s nothing to be fearful about as a result of I’m asymptomatic and there’s no noticeable diastolic murmur. He confirmed this on the time by discussing it with my coronary heart surgeon. Regarding signs could be fluid retention or getting out of breath, or declining train capability, I’ve none of those. If the leaking does progress sufficient sooner or later, it is likely to be essential to get surgical procedure to redo the valve alternative.

My heart specialist additionally went over my blood work. Again in August my ldl cholesterol was nice, complete 146, ldl (“unhealthy”) 79, and hdl (“good”) 38. He was proud of all of those, though the “good” might be slightly greater. However my triglycerides have been 203, and needs to be beneath 150. I stated that’s occurred to me prior to now, and I might clear it up with weight loss plan by consuming much less junky carbs like cookies, which I attempted for a couple of months. My repeat take a look at final week got here out complete 174, ldl (“unhealthy”) 107, and hdl (“good”) 47, however I received 102 for my triglycerides. So, good job on the cookies, however ldl cholesterol slightly worse, though the “good” is best. He’s nonetheless not fearful, we’ll repeat in six months. I believe I can get the ldl cholesterol higher by emphasizing extra entire meals plant based mostly consuming, and preserve the triglycerides down by avoiding junk. If not we might wish to bump up my statin a bit.

My ultimate latest outcome was a mind mri. This was a follow-up on my latest head damage by my GP. It got here out regular so far as the damage, superb information. But it surely confirmed some abnormalities: “Gentle cerebral atrophy and findings of power small vessel ischemic illness.” My heart specialist thought these have been regular age associated. I’ll see what my GP thinks after I see her monday. I believe she might need a follow-up with a neurologist. As you’ll be able to see in a hyperlink this could result in issues like stroke or dementia if it progresses. Prevention measures embrace sustaining good physique weight and blood stress and exercising, which I’m already doing, and reducing ldl cholesterol. So that is another excuse to work on doing a greater job on that.

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