For the past couple years on my routine blood work there has been a test result causing concern. The test that determines my risk for cardiovascular disease has been, shall we say, through the roof. There are other factors that go into determining if there is reason for further testing. Activity level, age, how long I've been diabetic for, etc. Clearly I should fall into the "low risk" category. However, my cholesterol is also very high. I have statins, I just haven't started taking them yet. For a healthy, vegetarian, athletic young female you'd think it wouldn't be a problem. Again, I should have a much lower cholesterol given my factors.
Well guess what? I have high cholesterol and I'm at very high risk for heart disease.
How does this happen, I wonder. How long before it's time to investigate further? The time is now. And since everything else in my life seems to be going into the crapper (injured clavicle, sold house, financial hole, myriads of other personal problems) I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
Earlier this week I went in for an Electrocardiogram, lung capacity test and an Echocardiogram (ultra sound of the heart). The next day I met with my cardiologist. Sitting in the waiting room and looking around me, I felt like I was in the wrong place. I thought, "What the hell am I doing here?". I'm a healthy active 32 year old woman in a cardiologists office having her heart examined. I'm a bit frustrated. Out of all the heart issue risk factors I have ONE.
Diabetes made me develop high cholesterol. The high cholesterol and the diabetes are risk factors for heart disease. Either way it all points back to the 'betes.
There is a risk of heart disease and heart attack in my genes but it is solely on the male side. But there is also nobody else in my family or even extended family as far back as we go that has had any type of diabetes either. In this life, I definitely got dealt the bad hand. I'm like an anomaly or something. You wouldn't guess to look at me and my body type while knowing my lifestyle and think, high cholesterol and heart disease.
Out of boredom I took a picture of myself thinking I may or may not put it in a blog post. I was thoroughly unimpressed, obviously.
My experience talking to the cardiologist was piss poor. First I waited in the office wearing a lovely front opening gown for something like 30 minutes. I struggled to stay awake. She walked in and right away gave me a cold shoulder. She didn't give me more than 3 minutes. I didn't get to ask ANY of my questions nor did I get results from my tests. She set me up for more tests instead. The only interesting thing she said was, "diabetics develop high cholesterol like crazy." Thanks, but I already knew that.
We were talking about something else when she said in passing, "diabetes have to exercise every day." special emphasis on "every day." And I said, "well not necessarily EVERY day." She then gave me one of those looks. You know, furrowed brow while looking down at me as if to say, "Uhm, YES you do because you have diabetes." I thought about retaliating for a minute before I realized it would get me no where. It didn't help that my cardiologist is a rather, how do we say nicely, rotund woman? Right, I HAVE to exercise every day but you, who is clearly overweight AND a cardiologist, don't necessarily have to. It made me feel very small and guilty for all of 30 seconds. I'm not sure whether you know or not, but I certainly don't take well to being told what to do.
She didn't let me talk or ask questions and before I knew it, she had zipped out faster than her little rotund body could take her. I'll give it to her, she sure leaves right quick. I swear there was a hidden moving floor or something. Thanks, for absolutely nothing.
What did I get from it? I really don't know. More tests later this month. (Then I have to wait 2 months for follow up). Thank goodness I have half a brain to continue on with life and not let this hold me back. If my heart suddenly explodes in the meantime, I'll deal with it.