46yo with Mildly Enlarged Heart - bummmed out

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bosguy
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   Posted 1/6/2016 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
The results of an echocardiogram showed the I had a mildly enlarged upper left ventricle and totally bummed out.

I am doing all the right things I think...
46 yo
work out 5x per week and in very good shape
don't smoke
occasional drinker
very good cholesterol
could eat a little better
blood pressure has 130/88 range

I have had bouts of anxiety and have occasional feelings of being very jittery. Dr. thinks it is caused by blood pressure issues, but was surprised to see it with somone my age. Dr. has put me on Metoprolol Succinate Er 25mg daily and told me he is not overly concerned.

Should I be concerned? Is there anything else I can do?

Melissuh
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   Posted 1/6/2016 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
Welcome! The heart section of these forums isn't OVERLY busy,
So it may be a while before you get some other responses!
But, please keep checking back!

I think you're really doing all you can do,
Even though I'm sure it's very stressful knowing this and making you bummed out, try to stay positive.

Also, trust in your doctor.
I have PVCS, and it took me 10 months to finally believe my doctors and cardiologist.

Please, keep us updated!
And again, Welcome to HW! (:
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/7/2016 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
just try and relax your mind when you can. it will help with ya blood pressure and anxiety. welcome.
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bosguy
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   Posted 1/10/2016 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
To answer some previous questions:
I do a lot of cadrio work when I exercise. When the weather is nice I cycle 100+ miles per week and do a lot of running. In addition, I do crossfit which is a combination of cardio and weight lifting. My resting heart rate is 55. Fitness wise I am doing a lot of the right things, but here I am with this issue. That is the most unsettling part of all of this.

I don't have the report so I don't know the exact wording, but he indicated it was mildly enlarged in 2 places. I am due to see the dr again in a couple of months after taking BP medicine.

Questions:
1) My dr didn't think it was necessary to goto the cardiologist, but I am wondering what others thoughts are on this?
2) The dr. said they would do another echo in 2 years. Is this the normal amount of time for something like this to correct itself after being treated. Is it possible it won't correct itself and get worse?

Pratoman
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   Posted 1/10/2016 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Bosguy,
When i was in my late 40's early 50's i was told i had a thickening of the heart wall. I think its very simliar to your diagnosis, but cant swear to it. I've always had high triglycerides, only the last couple years got it under control, although my last test it was slightly high again.

Now i am 65, and this past june was diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease, and had 2 blockages cleared with stents. So i know how you feel.

But you are young and you have time to change the course of things.
First off, your blood pressure at 130/88 is considered high by todays standards. Not dangerously so, but the 88 is higher than you want it to be. Maybe thats why the doc has put you on Metroprolol. It slows the heart rate and is prescribed for both irregular heartbeat as well as high blood pressure. Have your BP rechecked after taking it for 2 months.

Also, depending on just HOW bummed out you are, you might want to google Dr Dean Ornish, and Dr Caldwell Essestyn. These guys have demonstrated that proper diet, (what they recommend is considered extreme by some, but not wrong) can prevent AND REVERSE heart disease. Dr Ornish has published peer reviewed studies in JAMA and The Lancet, to prove it, and his program as of 2011 is now reimburseable by Medicare (i know, doesnt apply to you at your age, but it shows that its real).

These guys programs involve plant based diets, no meat, fish, etc, vegan, no oils (in the case of Essylsten) and Ornishs program includes stress reduction, and exercise. (READ his book "The Spectrum" which you can find on Amazon.)
I am not on the plant based diet. I have moved in that direction however, having greatly reduced my meat, sugar, fat, and simple carb intake, and i have been walking (little jogging mixed in, bad knees) 2-3 miles a day as often as possible (i still work, so every day is hard). It will be very hard for me to go totally plant based, I've always been a meat and potatoes and ice cream guy, i've cut out most of that, but haven't really gone plant based yet.

You can only control what you can conttrol, so do the best you can, see the doc regularly, and enjoy life. You are not in any danger right now, no need to fret. I would however, see a cardiologist if i were you. I was lucky in that my PCP practices internal medicine but is also a board certified cardiologist and practices that as well. Otherwise i would have found a cardiologist as well.

Good luck.
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Bobbi_007
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   Posted 1/15/2016 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Buds, you probably just have Athlete's Heart. Mildly enlarged due to the amount of cardio/exercise you do. You're heart is a muscle. You work it out it's going to get bigger. Why were you getting echo done in the first place?

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/16/2016 1:35 AM (GMT -7)   
keep the cardiologist appt. (let us know how you go)
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Bobbi_007
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   Posted 1/21/2016 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Does your doctor mean it's enlarged in both the left AND right ventricle? Or wall thickening in 2 separate places? If I were you (for piece of mind) I'd call and ask. I'm going to assume you are in a similar situation as I am. I don't have high blood pressure tho (105/73) BUT I'm extremely fit (lots of cardiovascular /endurance/running/running stairs/cross country skiing, etc) and my resting HR is 60 and I have a mildly enlarged heart...both LV and RV. Im still trying to sort out my own mess of 5 months of chest pain...but a cardiac MR scan essentially read that my heart is that of a young healthy fit woman. If you google Althete's heart...you'll see your story fits. Do you have any ST elevation on ECG's? Particularly limb leads?
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