Yesterday morning I completed the iCPET at UCLA. It was quite the production and I hope to never repeat it again. The catheter in my neck was so uncomfortable. Anyhow I don't have an answer just yet. I was told they need to review all data and blood work. The doctor did tell me I do not have exercise induced PH, but when I asked him about EI HFpEF he simply said "it's close" but he has to review everything first. He did tell me that he is going to a conference on 1/18/23 and intends to discuss my case with the other doctors. I've always believed that two heads are better than one so let's see what they come up with.
The interesting thing about UCLA is that most times the blood work results are posted to your chart in the app in real time. I saw about 120 results in total. Everything from prothrombin time, Creatine phosphokinase, lactate, ammonia, a general CBC Panel, my BNP (11) and more. I reviewed most of the results and I believe I might have been right about the HFpEF. At baseline most of my labs were normal. As the exercise increased my ammonia and lactate skyrocketed. I'm not sure about the pressures that were measured during exercise, but I did see my resting hemodynamics were normal. Anyhow once I get the final interpretation I will let the club know. I'm not too hopeful for good news because my symptoms are getting worse, but in the meantime I'll enjoy life with my wife and my family. I wish everyone a blessed, safe and enjoyable Christmas! May God bless you all.
You know you're wired when...
You are always wired and full of energy.
We are very lucky to have these devices.