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11/7/07 12:21 P

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That's a great point.

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11/7/07 2:11 A

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Taking pills is NOT a moral failing of some sort. People who don't take meds when they are easily available, proven to work, and with fewer side effects than ever are sort of equivalent to people who refuse to wear eyeglasses even though they can't see where they are going. Would you refuse to wear the glasses you need for driving or reading? No? Then no reason you should be squeamish about pills.

And for your son - at his younger age - compare it to, say, sneakers or even athletic supporters :D Would he refuse to wear those, and risk getting nails through his feet, or worse? If he wears those to help him perform better and get hurt less while doing his thing, then there is no reason not to take meds for protection and support.

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11/6/07 10:44 P

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Hi Linda .I have been taking h/bp and cholesterol meds for over10 yr and 3 days before my 46 birthday I had a heart attack and I also have ulc.I just had a flare up with it ulc and the Dr told me it is a life time disease and life time Meds. I have had the cond since I was 12 but no one ever told me that so he put me on one med 2 pills 3xs a day so with all my conds I am on 12 pills a day 6 was not bad but 12 is a little much.Just can not get use to it yet. emoticon emoticon . Good luck with your meds. Brenda

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11/5/07 4:57 P

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Hi Brenda,

I can totally relate to your son not wanting to take his meds. I'm 41 and just found out that I have heart issues. My first reaction was-no way am I taking meds. For me, taking the meds was an acknowlegement that yes, something is wrong. High blood pressure pills are something my grandmother takes, not me! I can only imagine being 25 and going through the same thing. At that age you think you are invincible. This site really helped me come to terms with some of the issues I was facing. Perhaps there is a group out there for him-people his age who are going through the same thing. It really helps to talk to people who have been there.

Linda

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11/5/07 4:18 P

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thank you for the info . the Dr put him on a low dose of blood pressure med but he doesn't take it . A mother only can do so much with a child 25 yrs old...he was boxing at a punch bag before this showed up he was doing it 3 days a week really hard but after this showed up I think it scared him alittle (He would not let me know though) he stop the punching bag. talk later Brenda

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11/5/07 10:50 A

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Hi Brenda,
I was diagnosed at a very young age with MVP. It is caused by the mitral valve not closing all the way or closing too far. I have it with regurgitation (most do) which is when blood squirts out when it tries to close. It causes heart flutters but lots of times there are no symptoms and some people don't even know they have it. Most people with it lead normal lives with no problems. I only had the heart flutters and had mild chest pain with overexertion. The only reason I developed cardiomyopathy was because of the strain on my heart during childbirth but your son won't have to worry about that! ;)

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11/4/07 10:55 A

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Hello,Coughburp, My son was diagnosised with Mitral Valve Prolapse last summer. he is 25 and we did not find it out till he had to go to ER last summer, one evening when he was at a outing with friends someone spiked his drink his friends call a ambulance to take him to ER but did not call us for 2 hours.... Friends!!! he was out of it a long time we got up there he tried to wake up and talk but couldn't nothing would come out of his mouth, they gave him a shot to see if it would reverse it will it did in 20 minutes he was waking up any way at that time they found the MVP. could you please tell me about it is it really bad. the Dr explained it but I have never know anyone with it . Thank you ,Brenda

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11/1/07 8:37 P

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Thanks ladies for the warm welcome. I feel like I belong! LOL I can't wait to get to know you all and hear of your journeys as well as share my own.

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10/27/07 4:24 P

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Welcome, Megan!

I'm glad to hear you got a diagnosis and treatment before it was too late! I suffered an arterial dissection that led to a heart attack that led to bypass surgery 20 months ago, just 11 days after having my 4th baby. The ER was actually going to send me home, because they were looking for a blood clot and couldn't find anything. They sent my tests over to the Heart Hospital before the let me go to have the cardiologist look at them, and they immediately saw that I had had a heart attack and had me transferred!

Best of luck to you. I think the hardest thing is trying to eat low-sodium! I've finally got myself to where I'm usually under 1500 most days (except my occasional pizza days!).

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10/27/07 1:08 A

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Hi Megan! Welcome to the team!
Welcome to the wonderful world of heart failure, too. Isn't this fun? Don't you just *love* when everyone says "Oh, my grandmother had that" or better yet, "oh, my grandmother died of that" - like that's what we want to hear.

I have a blog about heart failure at http://bunrab-mawhf.livejournal.com

Kelly

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10/26/07 9:54 P

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Hi Megan, happy to have you on board. I wish you great success and good health.
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10/26/07 3:45 P

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Hello everyone. My name is Megan and I'm 22 years old. I just had my 2nd son, Henry on the 12th of this month. During his delivery I developed Cardiomyopathy (I have Mitral Valve Prolapse so that didn't help the situation). Because of the cardiomyopathy I also developed heart failure. I went to my doctor on the 18th and he dismissed it as "all in my head" so I went to the ER and was diagnosed in the hospital. I have a great cardiologist and I'm on Coreg (6.25 twice a day) and Lasix (as needed for fluid build-up. I'm also on a low fat, low cholesterol, very low sodium diet. No more salt for me! I've already lost some weight and I'm trying to get back down to my old size.

I want to be healthy for my two sons, Cooper and Henry and my wonderful husband, Jason who never left my side. This has been a very scary ordeal for me and I hope to get and give as much support as possible on here. Thanks you guys!

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