Ummm, where to begin.
At 16 I was diagnosed with a (harmless) heart murmur. At 25ish I was going to have knee surgery and they heard (something strange" in my chest. I went to a cardiologist and was diagnosed with ASH and was prescribed Nadol (I think). Over the years I have had episodes where my heart went "crazy". I have since found out I was in arythmia and sever A-fib. One Dr. was amazed that I was alive in the middle of an episode. After misdiagnosing myself (thought it was stress related) and stopped taking meds. In 2006 I was walking and had an episode, I went to a clinic and after being at rest for about 2 hours my BP was 203/120, the Dr's there strongly suggested I go to the ER. I did, about a day or 2 later I was woken up by a Dr. telling me I need an ICD (something like a Pacemaker) and that I had strong signs of sudden cardiac death. I have cardio myopothy, hypertension, low ejection fraction, A-fib/Atrial flutter, arythmia... and abunch more. I presently take 400mg. of Amiodarone 2x's daily, Lisinopril, coumadin, deltiazem, pravastatin. Did I mention that both my mother and oldest brother died due to heart problems. I think that's a good start. Please respond, I could really use some friends who can relate to/understand heart problems.