Update: Oh, and did I mention the walk up to the hospital? This is the single biggest challenge when attending an appointment at PA Hospital in Brisbane... Will I make it up to those entry doors? I was discussing this feat with the receptionists at the cardiologists and they said that, just quietly, there is an achievement score for getting up the hill.... tee hee. Note the sign in the bottom right hand corner of the photo. Had I noticed men for $10 I might have got me one. Or two. However, I think that a $10 man might not be a bargain.
BP: 124/78. Hurrah.
It looks like I'm ready for another procedure.
First, cardiac ablation to burn out the excess nerves making the extra pathway in my heart which causes my SVT (Supraventricular tachycardia). Up through a tiny incision in the groin, through the artery and into the heart.
If he cannot reach the section within the heart which he needs to zap with diathermy he will then decide whether he will perform a trans-septal puncture to get the diathermy thingy to the section he needs to cauterise.
Worst, worst case scenario of any medical procedure, I'm an organ donor.
Worst case scenario, I'll need a pacemaker 'cos they diathermy too much.
Best case, I won't be needing to take three tablets a day to stop the tachycardia and I can switch to a different bloodpressure tablet, dearer, but less side effects with other drugs I may need (for example, asthma preventer). After I lost 10 kg a couple of years ago I halved the dose of blood pressure medication (metaprolol), so if I can stick to the dieting and exercising I'll probably not need any medication for blood pressure.
Now my cardiologist is making plans.... I should hear from him in a few weeks. EEK!
And I have to halve the metaprolol I take in preparation for the procedure. DOUBLE EEK!
Anyway, here's the moon and the evening star I took it about half an hour ago.