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  • #1609744
    edbearnz
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    Member since: March 13, 2017
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    edbearnz

    😮  I recently had a stress ECG as requested by my insurance company and was surprised to hear that there was a problem. A follow up Angiogram revealed a heart pumping at only 40% and Aortic Sclerosis. They call it Moderate Heart Failure and I have to take medication and avoid taxing the heart. The heart muscles are weak and it can’t provide the required blood flow to the lungs and other organs, and the muscles.

    At only 58, (59 in May), I am far too young and was taken aback as I have never had any issues with my heart and thought it was healthy and strong. My Cardiologist saud I had had this problem for a long time and certainly it explains a lot about various issues I have been having, especially fatigue and weakness and being unable to properly exercise and benefit from it.

    It seems that having the ECG has avoided me finding this out the hard way and if I follow instructions and take care, I may avoid having a heart attack over the near to medium term. One artery will need monitoring and possibly a stent as it’s 70% blocked. However it is not easy to get at and carries the risk of rupture when fitting the stent. The main arteries need longer stents than are able to be fitted leaving strong medication the only option.

    We have been eating healthy and thought we were fine. A wake up call! If you’re experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue and unexplained weakness and just think you’re unfit, go and get checked. Heart failure can sneak up on you!

    #1629202
    joybel
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    joybel

    I spent ten years waiting to die one day from heart failure. Taking the usual diuretics and beta blockers along with other “stuff” Then i had a heart attack which meant a stent for blockage. I never had heart failure said the specialist although my heart is not beating as fast as normal. have had Asprin, blood thinners and Statins added minus the diuretics.
    My problem is with always banging against the flange the door shuts to and I am black and blue woth scars and bruises. Happened yesterday and this time the tear in my fragile arm skin is the worst I have inflicted and the swelling is little help. I was in shock this time and it took a while to recover. Stuck a plaster over it and a roller arm cover. Not looked at it this morning, don’t want to either. Another three months on these dreaded thinners. Having a stent is fine compared to the concoction of pills. Just need to dodge those damn doorways.

    Joybel

    #1629234
    bobbity
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    Member since: September 14, 2006
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    bobbity

    Hi Ed and welcome back.  The wake up call has been had by many and sometimes it’s when they go to get their driver’s licence renewed at age 75.

    I’m surprised that 40% is classed as moderate?  I know someone with 35% and it’s been classed as severe, but the rest of the heart is strong with no blockages etc.  Another friend has just had a double bypass plus a pig valve created to replace his calcified aortic valve, and now, months on,  he is feeling better than he has done for years. He had the aortic stenosis for at least 30 years. Now he can’t wait to mow the lawns etc and get going in life.  (he’s 70). Someone in the same family was found dead on the floor, aged 70 odd, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she had the same problem.  Aortic stenosis is so common in many countries apparently.

    The father of a friend in Australia was only 50 odd when he was diagnosed with the same problem. he had a horse valve made and is now in his 70’s and never had a problem with it ever, and also was never on anticoagulants either. (apparently they are not needed with the pig and horse valves).

    Are you on anticoagulants?    (commonly called blood thinners but they don’t actually thin the blood, but slow down the clotting time, also gets rid of present clots and prevents others from forming).  They at least prevent clots from forming everywhere and causing grave danger, but be aware of serious side effects starting up, such as signs of diminished kidney function.  Not everyone has side effects though, but if there is eg a liver problem, it may not be able to handle the drug.

    It seems like you’re being taken good care of, so that is great.  Here’s hoping the best answer for you is in the lineup.  🙂

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    #1629235
    bobbity
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    bobbity

    Joybel, I sometimes think they should/could test your blood more often to see what level of clotting factors are present and then decrease the drug to suit if  it’s normal to less than normal.   Poor you with the injuries! Is the banging into things because you are a bit unsteady on your feet? Maybe accident prone? …  as I am and have been all my life.  I know about being covered in bruises. The thin skin that comes as we get older in no protection against being knocked.

    Is there any way that the flange can be covered to soften the blows? Thinking of foam glued into place…   🙂

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    #1721704
    tulipa
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    tulipa

    It is a number of years since I was active on Grown Ups.  What brought me back here is a recent diagnosis of Heart Failure.  It has knocked me sideways and left me feeling quite anxious.  About seven years ago I had heart surgery to replace an aortic valve with a porcine one.  It has been working well enough but I have had recent symptoms of weakness, inability to walk very far and heart irregularity.  This latter symptom can hit at any time and yet go away for days and sometimes weeks.  I’ve had the usual monitor tests and now this recent blood test.  My doctor appears to be quite casual about it and says to go and see him but that it isn’t urgent.  I feel as if I’ve had a death sentence.  Does anyone know if there is a support group in the Tauranga area that could help or perhaps an online forum that deals specifically with Heart Failure.

    Tulipa

    #1721716
    kai
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    kai

    Hi Tulipa ,

    Do hope you can get some support through putting your post on GUPS .

    I am sure in a town that size there will be support.

    Wonder if you go to citizens advice Beaurau?? spelling not good ,

    and ask they may know of groups

    We had a member on Gups a while ago who worked there, (hope they are still reading ) and always gave great advice for people on here ..

     

    So miss the CAB not being where we are atm cos  they are fabulous places for unknown ???

    Cheers From Kai

    #1721742
    tulipa
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    tulipa

    Thanks a lot Kai.  Good thinking, I will try that.

    #1721747
    huiatahi
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    huiatahi

    I know they have a Zipper club in Tauranga but I think they mainly deal with people who have had cardiac surgery, however they may know who can help you

    huiatahi

    #1721755
    tulipa
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    tulipa

    Thank you Huiatahi

    I used to belong to the Zipper Club when I lived in Tauranga previously, I should have thought of that.  I will find out how to contact them.

     

    #1721769
    kai
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    kai

    All the best with it Tulipa ,,

    and so  happy Huiatahi could add a post too ,,,

    Together hopefully,, you can get some support.

    The good thing is ,,,if the Doc/specialist isn’t worried, that’s a good thing, but as we are,, we tend to worry anyway ,,,and always good to be proactive as well

     

    Take Care !!

     

    Image result for pretty tulips

     

    Cheers From Kai

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