Doctor's Appointment (possibly TMI)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
So I had my physical with my doc today. Getting some blood work done to make sure my cardiac risks are low. My Dad has been having heart problems and I had read an article in "Health" magazine about what your pregnancies can say about your future health. Well, according to them, three things that I had during at least one pregnancy greatly increase my chances of developing heart disease. I had preeclampsia with both pregnancies, delivered my daughter at 36 weeks, and my daughter was 5 pounds at birth, all of which, according to the magazine increase my risk of heart disease. My doctor reassured me that the real risk factors are blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, weight, and cholesterol. Four of those factors we know already (although my weight really should be lower!) but he said with a family history he would recommend testing starting at 35 but he was willing to order the tests now. So tonight I'll be fasting after 8 pm and tomorrow morning I will go get my labs dawn. He is running a cardiac profile, thyroid, iron, and cholesterol. My periods have also become much heavier so he suggested starting iron supplements proactively and that is why he is running the thyroid (my mom has thyroid disease) and iron levels as well. I am sure that everything will come back fine but it will also be nice to have a baseline! I am also going to be decreasing my meds, which I have been on for nerve pain. The medication also has a side effect of weight gain so I am hoping that this will help me on my journey as well!