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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:21 PM

 

Congestive Heart failure at 44. Anyone else?

Had it for about 2 months. Really scared but hopeful because of my age.
Doctors can't give me a reason for it, though. Cardiomyopathy or "who knows".
Frustrated.

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Reply Congestive Heart failure at 44. Anyone else? (Original post)
LeftofU Aug 2012 OP
barbtries Aug 2012 #1
LeftofU Aug 2012 #2
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2012 #3
LeftofU Aug 2012 #4
TheDebbieDee Aug 2012 #5
TheDebbieDee Aug 2012 #6

Response to LeftofU (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:29 PM

1. i've never had it

just wanted to wish you well.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:31 PM

2. thank you.

 

Wishing you well, too.

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Response to LeftofU (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:43 PM

3. That's gotta be scary.

Are they doing more testing to find out the cause so maybe fix it?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:49 PM

4. Have an echocardiogram in about a month.

 

On thing about this is, there are no daily mensurable information on your progress.
There is only if i "feel good" today.

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Response to LeftofU (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:44 PM

5. I was diagnosed with this in July 2003............I was 40-1/2 years-old.

after narrowing of the arteries in my upper left arm led to a mild heart attack.

An angioplasty opened up my arteries and several years of taking Zocor and Simvastatin statins seem to be keeping these arteries open.

You don't mention how severe your CHF is........are you confined to a bed, do you get tired out walking to the bathroom, are you still able to work?

You need to do your own research, but I think that CHF means that your heart and its valves are no longer efficient at moving blood into and out of the heart. This causes a back-up of blood throughout the heart and the rest of the body. It is also a condition that becomes progressively worse over time. I think that it is also a condition that most people will develop eventually -I believe that if you live long enough, you will develop congestive heart failure.

If you are still able to live what I would consider a normal life at this point, then I will tell you that it may be possible for you to live another 60 or 70 years with this condition if you take care of yourself and eat a proper, healthy diet.

About 5 years ago, I read about a very promising treatment for CHF - it involved the use of pneumatic splints on the arms and legs and the rhythmic tightening and release of pressure in these splints. I'm going to see if I can find this article and I will post a link if I find it.

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Response to LeftofU (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:27 PM

6. Google for EECP Therapy...........

It's a treatment that MAY slow down the deteriorating effects of this condition for many months or years at a time.

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