Good Blood Test Results…But There’s a Catch!

SYoung Health Guide
  • As I had mentioned in my last entry a few days back, I went in for my latest blood cholesterol screening and saw my cardiologist earlier this week to go over the results. The results were really good all things considered.

     

    My total cholesterol came in at 189, with my HDL (the good twin) up a few points to 66 while my LDL (the evil twin) was down five points to 90 - still higher than I would like it to be, but the downward trend is a good thing as my doctor mentioned. Additionally, my triglyceride numbers were down substantially to 164, and even my blood sugar (given my affinity for sugary foods) was down five points to 94. All in all, I was very pleased with these results.

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    My doctor even went over the EKG results, which he mentioned were normal (not really sure what all that means but one of these days I will ask him to explain what "normal" is). However, there was a bit of a downside to all of this.

     

    I have battled high blood pressure on and off throughout my life, mostly due to bad genetics (thanks dad), but I am pretty good about monitoring it here at home periodically. I have noticed that my numbers are below pre-hypertension levels, which are now considered to be ok. The only thing is that no matter how good my numbers are at home, every time I go in to see my cardiologist and they do a routine blood pressure read, my numbers are really high. I honestly cannot explain it, but I think that my mind plays tricks on me when I go to the doctor and that's why the numbers tend to be so high.

     

    Well, because my readings the last two times were fairly high, my cardiologist has scheduled me for an Echocardiogram in early December, just to make sure all is ok before I go in for my next stress test. I think they also want to make sure to sneak it in for me before all the new healthcare regulations start kicking in and such procedures won't be done as frequently as in the past.

     

    I have never had an Echocardiogram so it will be an interesting experience. I will make sure to keep you all posted on what happens, but in the meantime, if any of you out there have gone through this procedure, I would be interested in hearing about your experience.

Published On: November 16, 2010