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Sun, Aug 25 12:44pm · Your Tips on How to Get Off to the Best Start with a New Specialist in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I have some points for the provider: take the new patient on time; don't interrupt when she's talking; make sure your receptionist greets the new patient promptly and smiles; tell the patient how to get in touch with you: phone, patient portal, FAX, never? This will help the patient know she made a good choice.

Fri, Aug 23 8:29am · High Calcium Score in Heart & Blood Health

How do you get a calcium score? Is it part of blood work?

Thu, Aug 1 10:31am · Side Effects of Metoprolol? in Heart & Blood Health

Yes I did. Both the PCP and the cardiologist don't seem to care much. They both told me to take Gaviscon for gas and Bentyl for pain. I also take Protonix. They definitely want me to take beta blockers no matter what. I've been thinking of stopping everything, but you can't do it cold turkey.

Thu, Jul 18 6:00pm · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

I had reflux too — possibly caused by some of the new meds prescribed after open heart surgery. It's a bit more under control now.

Sun, Jul 7 3:04pm · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

It took me about 3 months. But I still have flashbacks and wonder how I survived

Fri, Jul 5 8:09pm · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

100% correct. We hope the Mayo N.P.'s take note of this trauma, which I also experienced, and start a program to educate clinicians in the U.S. Something good will then come of it. Offer CEU's. Otherwise, no one will read the literature.

Fri, May 10 7:35am · Exercise-induced Hypertension in Heart & Blood Health

Get a second opinion. There are "interventional cardiologists" out there who could help. After my heart attack and open heart surgery bypass, all exercise= post exercise LOWER blood pressure, which is desirable. It shows the blood vessels are expanding with exercise and collateral vessels are forming.

Fri, Apr 26 4:05pm · Blood Donation, whole blood, Platelets, Red Cells, Plasma in Heart & Blood Health

You can take slow-release iron pills. Red meat has a lot of iron. But more important, find out about the chronic illness and how it affects your hemoglobin. You fix that, you've got it made.