Yesterday I had the honor of escorting my younger brother on his quest to see a preventive cardiologist.
Based on our family history of heart issues that runs rampant on both sides of our family …. and probably even more due to MY history that includes a heart transplant, he decided he better be a bit more proactive than I was and see a preventive cardiologist. He’s now about the same age I was when I needed a new heart.
Four years ago, not long after my transplant, he saw a local cardiologist, had a stress test and was pronounced “good to go”. But, over the course of time and learning more and more about my transplant, about the facility where my transplant took place, and the fact that my transplant center is also the NUMBER ONE heart care facility in the world, he wanted to see a doctor there.
A couple of months ago he asked me “who” to see, so I made some random inquiries with some of my contacts and gave him a couple of names and an appointment was scheduled.
Fast forward to yesterday, I was up and moving around at “Five-It’s-Still-Dark-Outside” in the morning, drove to his house and we drove up to the “Mothership”.
Since I am both a patient and a volunteer, it was easy for me to escort him to get his EKG, see the nurses and then the Doctor, then back to get labs.
For me, personally, it turned out to be a very relaxing day. I was neither a patient or a volunteer, I was simply “there”. As I waited for him in the lab area to get registered I saw and chatted with four other heart recipients that I knew and their spouses and one Mom. I think my brother was taken aback by the number of people I knew there at such an early time of the day. (I also saw some nurses later too.)
My brother is a very savvy person and when he came out from seeing the doctor, he was simply “blown away” by the Doctor’s advanced knowledge on hearts, cholesterol, genetics, etc, etc …… he said, “Wow, you’re right this is MAJOR LEAGUE here!”
After getting some additional very high-tech labs drawn (stuff I’ve never heard of, like “genetics cholesterol check”) , I gave him a brief tour of the heart center and we headed home.
He’ll hear back in about 10 days, and they’ll have a plan for him to work on ….. but I think more importantly, he’ll have some added peace of mind.
If you’ve got a bad family history of heart issues, I highly recommend the proactive approach my brother is taking versus the route I took. See a Preventive Cardiologist!!