1:15 p.m. appointment for echo-cardiogram at the Northern General. I arrive at a different entrance to normal due to traffic control. I am at the opposite site of the hospital, but see a couple of spaces in the car park and decide a walk would be easier than finding a closer space. I follow the road around the hospital so I am sure of where I am going.
The echo itself was simple, although it took half an hour and I was soon walking back to the car park. I walked through the hospital, looking for a short cut which did not appear to exist.
I am back in two days time to see the cardiologist and have a few more tests: X-ray, ECG, blood pressure and an armful of bloods (wouldn’t it have been better to organise the bloods for today so the results would be available at the consultation?)
Kardia ECG seems a bit wobbly. The first missed beat above is twice the normal length; an ectopic? The second one is a short followed by a long beat, both together are the length of two normal beats; Premature Atrial Contraction? Perhaps this is completely normal and I am just hyper aware at the moment.
Hopefully after Wednesday it will clear whether there is still a problem. I expect to be given a clean bill of health, relatively speaking, and be able to stop the anticoagulants. Then a further six weeks on, I may be able to stop the Bisoprolol.