If a cardiologist tells you your heart is performing at less than 50 percent and he wants another echocardiogram in six months, don't freak out, which is what I did yesterday.
I only went to make sure my heart was OK enough for the colonoscopy, and he totally ignored that.
I managed to remember to ask if a colonoscopy was OK, and he said yes, but I was kind of too stunned to ask anything else, like why my normal cardiologist, the top guy in the practice, wasn't worried in years past when my heart was basically the same, what were the implications of a pathetic heart and what a normal heart performs at?
Instead, I made Mom call back and find out these answers.
The heart is ridiculously inefficient, performing at 50-70 percent normally, a nurse told her. And this was no big deal.
Why the doctor didn't mention is not clear. He didn't seem worried, but ...
One of Mom's friends apparently had a bad experience with him, too, so it is not just me.
Onward to the colonoscopy.
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