Thursday, December 27, 2012

Heart Disease

Dear Nurse Annie,
I just saw a new doctor. He wants to send me for testing of third stage heart disease, because my blood pressure has been high most of the year.
He told me to stop Caffeine and Salt.
He wants me to keep a Blood pressure log.
Is an Echo painful? I am scheduled for one?
I’m scared. What do I do?   
Scared Solomon
Dear Solomon,
You have good reason to be scared.
When do you go back to see your doctor?
It is a good idea to reduce salt and caffeine.
Let me know what your blood pressures are when you write again.
An Echo is not painful.
What do you do?
Relax. Take a walk every day.
Have a little fun with your family and hobbies.
Let me know how you do.
Nurse Annie.

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