Weak Heart Muscle

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Jaan
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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 4/24/2012 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi

 

I am new to this forum and I am not sure where to begin. I have been a Professional and Amateur Athlete for over 40 years. I am low blood pressure, heart rate of 40. I always feel great, but a week ago I had a Ventricular tachycardia (VT or V-tach) heart attack. My heart rate went to up to 230 beats/min for over an hour and half before I could get to ER where they shocked me to restore my normal heart rate. I guess I am very lucky as most people die from this, and to have it last that long (yes it was during biking) was even more of a miracle.

 

I had a surgery where they put a cathode in my groin and went in and looked at my heart for blockage(Cardiac Catheterization) but all looked good.

 

I went for a MRI this past Friday, and today the doctor told me I had a weak heart (I still have to meet him at his office to discuss the results).

How have I been able to race at these levels even as little as two weeks ago.

 

I am very scared, what does this mean?

 

Please if someone can give some advice?


stkitt
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   Posted 4/24/2012 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
A weak heart basically means that the heart does not pump well enough to supply the needed nutrients to the body. It can lead to congestive heart failure and the symptoms of a weak heart include fatigue, shortness of breath with activity, shortness of breath lying down (orthopnea), and lower extremity swelling. Feeling tired or fatigue can occur with a weak heart, but it can also occur in many other conditions. Fatigue without the other symptoms above is very unlikely to be heart failure.
 
However, this being said, you must talk with your Dr. to find out exactly what he means when using this terminolgy when talking about your heart.
 
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