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NanaBee
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   Posted 5/18/2012 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I normally post in the Lupus forum but have just recently had some tests done on my heart. I have had pulmonary stenosis since birth but recent EKG showed that somewhere I have had a heart attack. Also I have moderate left atrial enlargement and mild right atrial enlargement. My holter monitor also showed hundreds of episodes of bradycardia and a few episodes of tachycardia.
I have an appointment with my doctor next Friday to go over these results. I am really apprehensive as to what this all means. I recently went on disability due to the Lupus and now have found this all out. No wonder I don't feel well.

Mary Ann cry

stkitt
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   Posted 5/19/2012 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Mary Ann,
 

Welcome! I can understand that your scared and upset, but you're in a good place to find support. Many people do not know they had a mild heart attack until it is discovered on EKG.  My friend ( who happens to be a Dr.)  did not know he had a heart attack until an EKG was done prior to minor surgery and it was noted on his pre-op physical.

In the meantime, you need to relax as much as you can. Do your best to not worry or stress about anything. Next Friday will be here soon and make a list of your questions to take with you to your Dr. appointment.  Remember, if the Dr. felt you were in a critical situation he/she would not wait to see you for a whole week.  It may be nothing too serious, and let's pray that it isn't. Anger, worry, stress, anxiety........all of this will only make things worse.


Take it from someone whose been there, done that okay, my friend ? You'll be okay.

Kindly,

Kitt

 

 


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NanaBee
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   Posted 5/19/2012 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
THanks, Kitt. I am trying to be very calm because I too know how it is to worry about something and then find out it isn't as bad as I thought. Stress triggers my Lupus to Flare so I know I have to be careful.

I will post again after I see the Dr. and let you know the results.

Thanks! Hugs!

Mary ANn

stkitt
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   Posted 5/19/2012 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Mary Ann,
 
I will be thinking of you.  My hubby was just dx in Sept 2011 with cardiomyopathy so I understand the worries and how hard it is to stay in the moment.  I will be watching for your update.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
~~Kitt~~
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It's about learning how to dance in the rain."~ Vivian Greene

NanaBee
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   Posted 6/7/2012 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I have some more information about my heart. I did not have a heart attack. It showed on the EKg but when they did the echocardiogram it didn't show an infarction. However the left side of the heart is enlarged from hypertension according to the doctor. I am now taking AZOR and will see the Dr. again next week. He said he will probably put me on diuretics as well.


Is this type of damage repairable?? I am hoping to go on a good diet and lose weight and also start walking every day to try and strengthen my heart.

I will post again after I see the doctor next week.

Mary Ann

stkitt
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   Posted 6/8/2012 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Mary Ann,
 
Please remember that I am not a physician and this information is only from my own knowledge base.
 
First of all, yahoooooooo - you did not have a heart attack which is good news.
 

There are two main categories of heart failure -  systolic heart failure and diastolic heart failure.

Systolic heart failure is when heart failure is caused by the heart not contracting well. The heart can't pump with enough force to push enough blood into the circulation. As a result, blood coming into the heart from the lungs can back up, causing fluid to leak into the lungs.

This is the most common type of heart failure, and the one doctors can treat and understand the best.

Diastolic heart failure is a different disease -- it's the heart not relaxing well. Very often, it's associated with high blood pressure and a thick heart. This form may lead to fluid accumulation, especially in the feet, ankles, and legs. Some patients may have lung congestion. Although doctors can treat blood pressure and fluid volume, there are not as many treatment options for this type of heart failure.

Also, there are stages of heart failure - Class I = mild through Class IV = severe.   Many forms of heart failure are well controlled with medication.

My hubby has moderate heart failure and he does whatever he chooses without any problems.  He is on a low sodium diet as well as a BP medication.

Please do talk with your cardiologist re your diagnosis and ask him your question re making good lifestyle changes.  For my hubby, giving up salt was a bit of a challenge but it is good to see him checking labels for sodium content.

Do I worry about him ? A bit but as he has Crohn's Disease that is my bigger concern so big breath and know you are headed in the right direction with your goals.  Happy Trails.

Kindly,

Kitt



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