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At My Age

HeartToday was my first doctor's visit of 2013. Flu shot, check. Draw blood, check. Get scripts, check. So far so good. Then the nurse asks, "How old are you again?" I say, "42" (said as if I was asking, not answering, a question).

She says, "I was just checking your chart and you've never had an EKG. I like to have a baseline, especially at your age." The "at your age" stung a bit, but quickly faded. She was right, of course. I am "at your age" and ever increasingly needing to monitor the effects of aging.

Some HIV meds can contribute to cardiovascular disease. The virus has been tied to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, although the reason isn't clear. Add to those factors the risk factors that everyone faces, heart health is not to be taken lightly by those of us living with HIV.

The assistant who administered the EKG made the experience as easy as possible, including a "40-Year-Old Virgin" joke for good measure. "Him screaming 'Kelly Clarkson' was so funny," she said. I agreed.

(You see, they stick little doodads on you for a bunch of wires from the machine that have to be yanked off, and us hairy folks go "Ow!" when that happens, which brings to mind the scene from that movie when Steve Carell is getting his chest hair waxed, but, as they say, I digress.)

Thankfully, all is good with my heart, for now.

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Comments on Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.'s blog entry "At My Age"

It is important to check your heart! Heart attack is the number one killer in women.
I really enjoy reading your articles. I am happy to read your heart is fine.
Barbara Perez

I have been poz. since I was 18, back in 1987. I had been woking out and eating healthy, but the meds caused me to have a heart attack at the age of 35. I had the "Widow Maker", but I got lucky. I then had another one at the age of 38. I have been on almost every cocktail possible, and attribute some of them for the issue. I take an 81mg Aspirin 2 times a day. It makes me feel better about the fact that I am doing something to counteract the meds. I feel that everyone that has been poz for over 5 years should at least take one 81mg Aspirin every day. I will be 44 in April, and live every day to the fullest. I also take 200mg of Selenium at night in order to increase my t-cell count. It does work, and is very inexpensive to help stay healthier.

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