You have many of the same problems that I do. I also don't take a beta blocker because of low bp and heart rate. I have Cardiomyopathy and CHF because of only having 40% of my heart still working. Most of what is working is in that back right side. The entire front of my heart is dead and my ef hovers around 20, but I feel pretty good most of the time. I have an ICD because of some developing arrythmia problems and a high risk of SCD. I also have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that is growing pretty quick and will have to be taken care of soon. Having been thru MI's 5 bypasses kind of prepares you for what comes after I think.
Most of the problems I have are progressive, but up to now, I continue to feel good. Sure I get dizzy all the time and am always tired, but I have been able to continue to work full time and do some of the things that I have always enjoyed. In the end you can only play the cards your dealt.
Like me, you have been dealt some pretty lousy cards but your still in the game. Hope you are well today and don't worry about tomorrow.
I had a massive heart attack on May 4, 2003. I didn't know it at the time, this was my second. Thru the course of diagnosis while in ER and catheterization it was determined that I had 3 arteries 100% blocked, 1 artery at 98% blocked and 1 artery at about 85% blocked. I was told that if I didn't get to surgery within 30 minutes I was dead. I was raced by ambo to a sister hospital and in surgery within 20 minutes. After surgery I had oxygenation problems and was in ICU for 5 days. During that time I was told that the front of my heart didn't make it and that I was going to have a future problem with cardiomyopathy because of the strain the back of my heart would be under. I have EJ fraction around 20 and have had numerous echo-cardiograms to monitor heart function. To date I have recovered very well. I cannot do what I used to but feel great. In September of 04 I had an AICD implanted more or less to act as a saftey net for when my heart stops.