Hi Teri - thanks for your reply - I suspected we had a few things in common
I didn't realize that all diuretics lowered blood pressure! Is that from the drugs or reduced volume?
No meds to tinker with....I'm not on anything - just .81mg aspirin, and nitro.
At the moment, I have very few facts to try to figure out what is going on. (no cardio since '77), and my referral to a cardio at the teaching hosp got turned down because I 'passed' the thalium stress test.
In '77 I had a cath (& heart attack @ end of cath) which showed aortic stenosis, mitral & tricuspid regurg. I was told I would need 3 valve replacements within 5 years. (I did not do this) My history is rheumatic fever.
In late January this year, I went to ER with severe chest pain & was admitted for 3 days. Had echo, EKG's & thalium stress test. From the med records it now shows - mitral and tricuspid regurgitation with mild pulmonary hypertension (35), sclerotic aortic and mitral valve, borderline left atrial abnormality, probable left ventricular hypertrophy, right BBB. EF=50, and now they have a really hard time hearing the murmur - very faint.
So I don't know what's going on - or even if that was an MI in Jan. (sure feels like it tho) EKG also shows an 'old infarct'. My referral to the cardio at the teaching hosp was turned down because I passed the thalium stress test. I have not been officially diagnosed with HF by a cardio, but my PCP's opinion is CHF. (not in writing, lol!) Can you tell from any of this if it's left or right sided? (not sure what that means) I have alot of CP, and shortness of breath. Haven't been able to sleep lying all the way down for about
2 yrs now, but the thing I'm more worried about
is that about
2-3 weeks ago I started having arrhythmia - at first only at night, within an hour of bedtime, but lately being woken up by it at night or in the early a.m., and once in awhile in the daytime too. That's a new thing. I am trying to light a fire under my PCP to somehow get the referral to a cardio, but so far no success. Any ideas? (other than the ER, if need be?)
(mCode is being able to write posts in purple, etc.!!)