G'Morning All. I am due next month for my Yearly Clinic and am curious as to the protocol of other transplant programs - which tests your receive, ect. Also, as you are further out in your transplants do your tests change?
I am at a loss for words to explain what I am trying to find out. I have decided that this year will be my last year for the heart nuclear test. I have not been able to have a heart cath for nearly five years now because of clotting problems. My heart is in perfect condition and my cardiologist and I both feel that because of my advanced age this test is unnecessary unless I develop symptoms that indicate there is a problem. He manages my clotting meds and I see him several times a year. Also, I have Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis in the first four vertebrae in my neck so the treadmill is out as well.
Like I said I am curious as to how other programs handle these yearly exams. I have clinic twice a year - a six month clinic and then the yearly exam and monthly blood work for my prograf and creatine levels. I see my transplant surgeon or one of the other doctors at these clinics.
My reasoning for this decision is that now that I am "elderly" it is time to let up on some of these expensive tests and just be allowed to age naturally.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts and comments and I hope that I have not thoroughly confused everyone.