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02 Oct 2006

HEART QUESTION
Heart Doc

Thanks so much for your prompt detailed reply.

I wasn't sure if you would see my posting at the bottom, so I posted it here as well. The forum doctors tend to prefer readers to repost new questions, to make it easier for the doctor to see!

My routine monthly tests are urine MC&S and full set of blood tests, including FBC, platelet etc. and kidney function tests. II think my dad's problem is valve related. My mom also suffers from Type 2 diabetes and is on medication for this. I forgot to mention I also take Ezetrol and Lipitor 40 for my cholesterol. I have it checked regularly every 3 mths and am waiting for my current test results! My gp does do diabetes tests regularly, usually every 3 mths or so and so far I am fine (I hope to stay that way!) I don't smoke and am maybe a bit overweight, but am trying to eat better and more fruit and veg and exercise more. I am not allowed any form of anti-inflammatory because of my kidney problem (my gp and urologist say its not worth the risk) so that is a bit of a problem! But I feel my kidney is far more important! For bad inflammation problems my gp gives me Celestone-Soluspan injections which work wonders (I don't have them often, only when necessary),

Thanks again for the quick response

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HeartDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Anxious,

Well spotted – yes, separate postings are much easier to deal with, and more likely to be seen and thus attended to, promptly.

Your doctors seem really in control of your situation, so you are in good hands. Anti-inflammatories can have serious effects on the kidneys, and if you have only one kidney, you really do need to be ultra careful.

Having filled in your family history a bit more changes the picture somewhat, as you have now mentioned a few more risk factors for heart disease : hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes. However, forewarned is forearmed, and you strike me as being an informed, pro-active person, who will not ignore the significance of these risk factors.

Keep up the good work, stay well.

HeartDoc.
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