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Seth gets the A-OK from the cardiologist, lives to tell about it

Seth receives an unlikely "diagnosis" from his cardiologist.

clean bill of health

My visit to the cardiologist last week went OK!

I was diagnosed with something called Jewish-worry-warts. It’s NOT an STD.

And it's not communicable any other way except being born to a Jewish mother and then acting like her in the days leading up to a routine cardiologist appointment!

Whew!

One thing we did discuss was the concept of testing unnecessarily.  My new doctor was telling me that he didn’t want to do too many tests unnecessarily because we’ll discover a whole set of "false positives."

One test turns into two tests turns into five tests and suddenly I'm much more at risk for one of those tests going wrong (or causing an infection, etc.) than for anything to be wrong in the first place.

How interesting.  We've come so far in our medical science that "false positives" is actually a concept worth considering!  Not to mention the cost of these tests to the system (a.k.a. me personally … God forbid insurance actually covers things that my doctor prescribes/suggests).

One thing we did discuss was the concept of testing unnecessarily.  My new doctor was telling me that he didn’t want to do too many tests unnecessarily because we’ll discover a whole set of "false positives."

It made me pause and wonder just how bad things have gotten if this is the conversation I'm having.

But then I quickly snapped out of it, exhaled deeply, and was grateful that things were (for now, at least!) OK.

Then I got an Rx for the worry-warts … so those should be gone sooner or later.

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