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Afib nails me again.

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Posted: 9/14/2009 8:27:11 PM
 
I found last week that my pulse was high [125+].  An EKG today confirmed I was back into Afib. [EDIT: I AM ASYMPTOMATIC]   I probably contributed to this condition happening by switching off my beta blocker onto Lisinopril and using Androgel.  I wasn't too happy with the Androgel results anyway, so I don't mind losing it. 

In any case, I am back on Atenolol and added a 125mg tab of Digoxin to the mix as I am still around 100+ pulse.  It will take 4 1/4 mg of Warfarin to get and keep me at a 2.4 INR. The 1/4 balances the 90 mcg of MK-7 I will take in what is a probably-futile effort to to stop a rise in arterial plaque while taking the warfarin. I will get another Cardioversion and  I should be back in Sinus  in about two months.

Meanwhile, by annual battle with Kaiser to get a VAP and a heart Scan goes on. They did the draw for the VAP this morning. The Chief Radiologist denied me a heart scan on the basis that one year was "too soon," and agreed to another a year from now. I don't know if it will help, but I sent this the following letter this weekend.

Dear Dr ****

This letter concerns your denial of service of a heart scan for me by Dr  *******. I understand that you feel nothing of importance will be found one year after a previous scan and that you are willing to order one for me after two years.

The way preventive heart care is practiced at Kaiser today, I agree with you.  Untreated arterial plaque will grow at the rate of about 35% a year, doubling every two years.  With the Kaiser heart disease prevention treatment of aspirin, a low-fat diet and Statins, it will grow at about half that rate.

My case is different. I got my first scan at Holistica in Oct of 2007. It showed an Agaston score of 322. This scan is in my Kaiser file.  You performed a second heart scan on me in Oct of 2008. It showed a Agaston score of 219.  A 32% reduction in my plaque.

Since the first machine was an EBT and you use a 64 slice GE, there is a possible error factor of as much as 7% between these two readouts. But even allowing for this, I still achieved a 25% reduction in plaque in one year.

I managed this by using a different approach than Kaiser Cardiologists use. The details are not of concern here. The results speak for themselves.  I am still using the same program and hope I have continued to regress my plaque. That is why it is important to me to get a yearly heart scan.  I need to be able to adjust my program, based on my scan results.

So I hope you can see why, in my case, I believe my request for a scan is in order.
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