Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cardiology Update

Today was Jacob's cardiology appointment. He had an echo, ekg and visit with the doctor. Jacob didn't want to go until I reminded him that he usually gets a prize from the doctor.

The nurse said she was going to make him look like a robot:

Doctor Etheridge commented on how happy he was. He really is happy and smiley. He likes to make us laugh and make up silly words for things.

He held still and watched Thomas the Train for the echo. It was a little hard to see the pulmonary branch arteries but the echo tech came back to them later and got some really good views.

So overall Jacob looks good. Dr Etheridge wanted to make sure he is keeping up with his friends and cousins and he has been, so that is good. The branch arteries that they got good images of look better (less stenosis- last time measured at 15, this time at 12 and 13). Thus his murmur was less pronounced. As far as the Aortic Root Dilation goes, not as great news. His z-score was 4.5 which means his aortic root is roughly 4.5 times larger than the standard deviation (this is a statistical number they use based on his height, weight, and size of the root). The doctor is hoping that it will stop growing while he continues to grow (thus reducing the z-score... a good thing). We will have another appointment in a year and look at it all again.


Natalie Nelson said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog. it will be good to get to know you and follow your sons progress with his heart.

Becca said...

I'm so glad to hear that everything is looking pretty good. He is looking so big! How are these little boys of ours growing up so fast? :)

kristen said...

Good news! I can't believe he is that old :) It's good to be in contact again.

Bryan Perret said...

Great blog. I guess we should all learn a few things from his smile and optimistic smile.

Jeannie said...

Just looking for something totally unrelated in the net and came across the picture of this little man. What a gorgeous child. I hope he continues to do well.