Heart checkup

Namine had her bi-annual appointment with her cardiologist. Her heart is healthy and doing well.

Every six months or so, Namine has an appointment with her cardiologist to see how her heart is doing. As usual, she had the typical tests: bloodwork, an echocardiogram, and an EKG. We’re happy to say that she’s been given a clean bill of health.

And as per the usual, Namine was given a Holter monitor to wear for the following 24 hours. This doesn’t happen every visit; rather, she goes home with one to wear every few years. After the 24 hours are up, we box it up and mail it off.

As you may or may not be aware, COVID-19 vaccines have now been approved for ages 12 and older — and since Namine will turn 13 next month, the question of whether or not to let her be vaccinated is at the forefront of our minds. It is especially concerning to us because of the reported inflammation of the heart and the surrounding pericardium (the membrane surrounding the heart).

According to Namine’s cardiologist, however, she is healthy enough to get the vaccination. We are still waiting for the final results and consultation following her bloodwork, but it’s looking like she will be able to get the vaccination, and soon.