Today I had my two week checkup with the heart failure team. Things are going well with a few minor complications / adjustments.

Blood test revealed I am dehydrated and my potassium level is on the high side of normal. So they are cutting my evening dose of potassium and halving my evening dose of the diuretics. No additional water retention found and they think I am “bone dry”. They are also upping my dose of Coreg to 37.5 mg twice daily. So the news all around is pretty good. There was a slight increase in weight so I am going to increase my physical activity.

Now as far as the spasms / lightheadedness, the team is convinced it is because of the Coreg. It slows the heart and so I can get blood rushes to the head pretty quick. Will just keep an eye on it and call them if frequency or severity increases. As far as the spasms, it’s because of the meds also. The blood pressure is super low to take strain off my heart so I get cold and get the shivers easily.


All in all, good day. I also got my red dress pin to support research funding for heart disease. I know it says “Go red for women” but heart disease can affect everyone. Heart disease is a number 1 killer of women but as a man, I have this same disease with heart failure. I will wear the pin proudly to support research, funding, and information spreading. Thanks for reading and stopping by.