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I have had a healthy heart my entire life. In late August I became suddenly very ill (flu-like) and could not breathe. I began to wheeze at night.
These syptoms ebbed and flowed in September, I went to my pulmonologist and had a chest X ray. Enlarged heart. Yet, I passed my pulmonary function test. My daughter had spinal surgery the end of September. I needed to be at her home early in the morning to watch my grandkids. I was oh so sick, tired and out of breath!! Doc let me put off my echo until 10/15. Well, that's when they found it. CHF with 10% EF. The next day I was at my new cardiologist's office, started on meds. On 10/22 I had a cath done. "Text book clear arteries!" they announced. Perfect range cholesterol. Good range on my thyroid meds.
They won't say for sure, but suspect it was viral. I am 59 years young.
11/1 I was put on a Zoll Life Vest for 3 months because I remained at severe cardiac arrest. Thankfully, it never went off. I did 4 weeks of our Heart Failure Clinic at the hospital.
On 1/15 I had a MUGA scan which revealed my EF had only climbed to 26%. Time to schedule a surgical implant for a Boston Scientific Bi-ventricular ICD, which was done on 2/1. For those unfamiliar it is a pacemaker/defibrillator combo.
I am 3 weeks post op and looking for a heart team as I create my "new normal!" Don't know how active this team is, but I thought I would start here? So many heart stories that I have read on the different teams...makes me know I am not alone. No pun intended, but my heart literally goes out to you all!
I was on Spark for 3 years and left a few months ago as my life became very overwhelming on multiple fronts. But, I have missed the camaraderie and support and just rejoined about a week ago, under a new name.
God bless you all emoticon
"Thankfulness precedes the miracle." - Ann Voskamp