I saw the cardiologist for the first time since 2007. We were home for the holidays so I saw a US doctor. It was nice seeing a cardiologist who spoke English. She did an EKG (abnormal); Echo (abnormal) and a nuclear stress test (did well). My aneurysm hasnít progressed so that was good news. I tolerated the stress test well so I was given the go ahead to resume exercise at any level as long as my heart rate stays below 140. The doctor said I would be hard pressed to get it to 140 because I have very low blood pressure and a low resting heart rate (58) plus Iím on atenolol to keep it down. It took a lot for me to get my heart rate up to what the doctor wanted during the stress test. I was about wore out before it got up there. I hate hills and she had me on a steep incline. The doctor said I am lucky because of my low BP and hr. That it is one of the reasons why the aneurysm has gotten worse. She also went over some of the symptoms of the aneurysm; I had them and didnít know what was causing them. The tiredness and dizziness were from that not my sugar levels being too low. None of the other doctors ever told me that, they just kept running more tests. She told me to continue to take my meds, eat healthy, exercise, and lose weight. Oh, and listen to my body. When it says rest, do just that. Not to keep going like Iím trying to prove Iím stronger than I am. I will just make myself sick. Said she would see me on my next trip home unless I have any problems. In the meantime, continue the every 6 month ct scans and lab work and listen to my Internal Medicine doctor instead of rolling my eyes at her.
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