At about 11am I finally see the cardiologist, Dr C – Head of Cardiology at GSH. This is after the ECG (Electrocardiogram – I had to lie on an examination table, and 10 electrodes (or leads) were attached to my arms, legs, and chest with cold gel and weird suctions. The electrodes detect the electrical impulses generated by my heart, and transmit them to the ECG machine. The ECG machine produces a graph (the ECG tracing) of those cardiac electrical impulses. The electrodes were then removed. The test took less than 5 minutes to perform); being weighed (YAY I lost 4kgs in the past 2 months) & chest x-rays (which was really weird – like a photo shoot with different poses).
The Dr sits me down and does his assessment and listens to my heart with the stethoscope… that part was kind of strange as he asked me to lie down – then stand up – then bend down and touch the floor!? Then he says… he doesnt think its a hole (YAAAAAAY!!!!), he just thinks it sounds like its a common condition but my sounds are very rare and unusual – almost musical – because at every position there is a different beat (o_O) – this is so super ironic considering how much I love music and you can hear the music from my car from around the corner hehehe. Also mine is unique because of the fact that it is so audible and people can actually hear it by just standing next to me sometimes.
He then sends me back to B in the waiting room – they need to prepare the Echocardiogram and thereafter he will be able to confirm his assumptions…
O forgot to add that Dr C asked if I was ok with his students coming to listen to my murmur once I am in the Echo room as mine is unique and they probably wouldnt get a chance to hear this again. Needless to say I said yes – would be a bit weird having a few people looking at my breasts – but understood the educational benefits.
What is an Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart. It is sometimes just called an ‘ECHO’. Ultrasound is a very high-frequency sound that you cannot hear, but it can be emitted and detected by special machines. The scan can give accurate pictures of the heart muscle, the heart chambers, and structures within the heart such as the valves
Dr P – one of the students (who has actually been studying for 16 years already and is specialising) called me in for my Echo – lol B didnt like the fact that Dr P was younger and handsome and had to touch my breast lol
It was quite awesome watching my heart in action on the machine – I could see the valves working and it looks almost like those aliens on Men In Black doing high fives lol.
Dr P showed me why my sounds are so different – basically my blood backwashes instead of just flowing out as the valves hit past one another and dont touch – and then the blood hits the back wall before going down.
From the picture here, the blue is the blood that backwashes – so there is quite a bit – but because of the fact that there are no other deformities and no hole – its not a huge danger to me.
I could live like this for many many years and nothing would happen and in some cases it even disappears – but it needs to be monitored. (lol NOW I know why I can’t run!!! They tortured me at boot camp pushing me for more laps but I always had mini panic attacks when I try to run)
So to end off my post… I am officially a heart patient with Mitral valve prolapse – Barlow syndrome. I need to live a healthy lifestyle but at least dont have to take any medication! 🙂 I need to go to GSH every 6 months for a check-up. =D