New here, Just looking for some help with a heart condition

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Mark J
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/7/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all a little about myself, this is my first post, :) I am 24 yrs old, My father died of a massive heart attack at 33 his father died at 48, I currently have gone to the doctor within the past year or so I seem to have a leaky valve, I think it is the one that pumps the blood back out of the heart, I am not positive, I am slightly over weight, i am 5'9 and 200lbs, I have high chloresteral I hate to admit it was around 550, also I have high blood pressure, It was leaking fairly amount, we discussed exploratory heart surgery, I turned it down, and now a year later I am thinking maybe I should get looked at again.

I have been dead tired after 4-6 hrs of continual work, and I have been having no energy what so ever. I am not sure whats going on. I am constantly having chest and arm pain. its always usually the left side of my chest and left arm around the shoulder. I am not sure if it is related I assume it is. I am in Ohio, I live on the WV border and was checked by our local hospital and cardiology group. Should I make a trip to say a place like Columbus Ohio to there medical center. I am not a big fan of surgery, I was taking pills for my chlorestral and my blood pressure and neither helped. I stopped taking them now because after I had them checked again no big change. I don't eat bad, but I do not eat that great either. I am not sure what I need to do,

Can anyone recommend anything or just give there opinion.

Mark J

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/20/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mark,

I also have what is called a "leaky valve" which I have had for many years (most likely since birth) and recently it has worsened. You really need to find a specialist, preferrably in Columbus or even Pittsburgh. Whatever the cause of your heart problem, it's beyond lifestyle, it's obviously hereditary. Heart disease and premature death runs in my family also. My grandfather and uncle died before they were 50 and my father had many stents (sp?) put in. My brother had a stroke at the age of 48 (he recovered fortunately) and he neither drinks, smokes (never had) or is overweight. Of course an unhealthy lifestyle aggravates the whole situation and can lead to early demise. No one looks forward to surgery but you should seriously consider it if it is recommended, especially at your young age. If the cholesterol medicine is not working then you need to go to something else. I know with my heart medication, I had to try different ones to get my arrythmias under control and it took some time. There is no instant result and you have to follow whatever directions your doctor gives.

If you are having chest pains, you need immediate medical help. If you start having pains in your chest, arms, neck..whatever, call 911. With your family history, any ER or paramedic is going to take your situation very seriously.

You are so young and there is hope! Please take care! Let us know how you are!

Post Edited (MissyMousums) : 7/20/2008 8:23:54 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/22/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah  great advice from you both!!!   hey slemer,  i noticed way back in the posts you were questioning why this forum was not very busy, I agree, i think part of it is this is a great place when you first get ill, it helped me so much to have this place to come to, so it serves a great audience, but after awhile you just wander off as i have done,  thank goodness for those of you who keep coming.
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