I had an echo-cardiogram today.
Two years ago my doctor noticed a heart murmur. This was not news to me, since I had one as a child, but this was a new doctor, and she decided I should have it checked out. The resultant finding was that I had minor aortic valve stenosis - narrowing of the valve.
Well, that wasn't good news, but since it was not yet problematic, I was to monitor it by repeating the echo every two years. I don't have today's report yet, and of course I'm hoping that there has been no change, that it is not progressive.
But this is heart month, right. So it's a good time to think about heart health. Having lost 50 pounds in the last year is a step in the right direction for me.
And tomorrow is Valentine's Day, a day for hearts! I'm cooking dinner for Jill and the kids tomorrow, and I finally got to use the heart shaped cake pans I've had sitting in the cupboard unused for a long time now.
That is not exactly heart healthy, and it may mess with the weight loss a bit, but Hey! it's Valentines Day. And yes, it is chocolate, with cream cheese frosting.
I'll be sending the left overs home with the kids, or put a chunk in the freezer. There is a limit to how much I'm allowed to consume.
Wishing you warm feelings of love and friendship,
and healthy hearts.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!