Well, I have to say that it has certainly been a very eventful couple of weeks. With the multiple snow storms and the flu ravaging through our house, my cholesterol and cardio health sort of took a back seat to everything. Additionally, my wife and I suffered a personal tragedy two weeks ago by losing our beloved dog to cancer. It all happened so quickly and just like that she was gone. The ensuing stress caused us both to come down with one vicious flu that put my wife out of commission for two weeks and me for one. Needless to say, I sort of forgot all about my upcoming blood screen and follow up with my cardiologist.
I am pleased to report that even through all the distractions, the sickness, and our family tragedy my numbers looked pretty good and my cardiologist was quite pleased. My total number was 182 (even including the fact that I missed taking my medication for a number of days), but what was most pleasing to my cardiologist was that my LDL cholesterol (or as my cardiologist likes to call it...lousy cholesterol) was down to barely over 60, down about 10 percent when compared with my last blood screen. Additionally, I have lost about four pounds since my last visit and my blood pressure has also dropped to more normal levels (high 120s/low 130s to high 60s/low 70s).
One thing that I will need to work on a little harder is to get more consistent levels of triglycerides. The number yesterday was at 223, which is high. My cardiologist did mention that triglyceride levels are very susceptible to short term events....it must have been that fish and chips I had the week of my blood test. Anyway, this gives me something to work on for my next blood screen in three months. I've been down below 150 before, so there is no reason why I can't do it again.
Published On: March 05, 2010