Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It's that time of the year again

Well it's that time of the year again, 2 years ago I started doing my workup for a transplant. Since then I have been doing monthly blood work that includes tests for the antibodies and other information that is important to make sure I am fit for a transplant. These are my responsibility to do and keep up on. Other than blood work though I also have to do yearly tests to check on various things. I have to do a stress test and echo cardiograms.

Last year I rocked the stress test. From what I understand the point of the test is to compare your resting heart rate to your heart rate under stress, in this case exercise. They hook all the leads up and start a cardiogram and slow increase the speed of a treadmill that you are on. Last year my heath rate didn't increase much between my resting and when they had the treadmill on high, lets hope this year is the same.

The other part of the stress test had to do with nuclear medicine, and radio active isotope is injected during or just after and then a Gamma camera is used to see the flow of blood around my body. They do this right after the stress part and then a few hours later to see a good comparison.

Owen