Today was Cliff's six-month visit with the heart specialist, although it's actually been eight months. The doctor was very pleased that he is still losing weight, and asked how he's doing it: Cliff pointed at me; and the doctor asked, jokingly, if I could come to work for them. He said they have patients who could use my help; seems the biggest problem with heart patients is they don't exercise, they won't quit smoking, and they don't want to watch their diets.
One thing worried me when I first heard it: The EKG (why do they call it EKG if it stands for electrocardiogram? Shouldn't it be ECG?) shows that the bottom part of Cliff's heart isn't working as well as it should. I quizzed the doctor on this, and he said it's nothing to worry about, because the heart is compensating. Damage was probably done when Cliff was having angina for so long.
As is usual for Cliff at the doctor's office, his blood pressure was more than ten points higher than it is at home.
No more appointments with the specialist for a year. Doc would still like Cliff to lose a little more weight, which of course we are working on.