Tammyjo
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Tammyjo, November 2,  2020  9:36am EST

LVH

I was recently told I have LVH. I do not have high blood pressure and my cardiologist says the rest of my heart is working great. I am not sure what caused the LVH so because I dont have high blood pressure, my cardiologist says it can be revearsed with exercise, heart healthy diet and life style changes. I am a little scared.

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  • AHAKellie
    AHAKellie, November 3,  2020  9:06am EST

    I'm sure that was a scary thing to hear from your cardiologist. Heart-healthy lifestyle changes can help to reduce the pressure in your heart, and it's great that you're working with your medical provider on a treatmeant plan. Here is some additional information about LVH.

    Best,
    Kellie

  • Tammyjo
    Tammyjo, November 4,  2020  9:10am EST

    My *** helped me yesterday by explaining more. She said, I have a mild case of LVH and that she has seen patients where it has revearsed. The echo showed a mild dilation in the left artium amd that it is considered normal. Also, calcific aortic sclerosis WITHOUT aortic stenosis. The LV systolic function is at 54-60%. There is trace tricuspid regurgitation which does not obstruct flow. I dont have hypertension but I am anemic. She believes once all my numbers come up and I continue to exercise and lose weight all this, shortness of breath will be gone and the heart rate will be down to normal. It only elevates upon exertion,  is all this normal???????

  • AHAKellie
    AHAKellie, November 4,  2020  9:14am EST

    Each case is different, so it's really helpful that you have such a great dialogue with your cardiologist. Keep working your treatment plan and make sure you schedule your follow-up visits so she can monitor your progress. 

  • Tammyjo
    Tammyjo, November 7,  2020  7:57am EST

    Is there anyone who has or is going through this? It's hard and sometimes just hearing encouraging stories helps a lot.

  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, November 13,  2020  9:01am EST

    I have this too as part of hypertropic cardiomyopathy (HCM). I also have great numbers in a lot of other areas with heart function. While High Blood Pressure is one of the causes, look at Mayo's description to see there are other factors. For me it's HCM. What I have learned over the years is the cause may never be clear. They will monitor your heart more now. Maybe some annual echocardiograms, for example. But it's not a problem unless symptoms are there. I bet your cardiologist is right. You are lucky to have discovered it and now you can either correct it or limit the damage early on. Many cardiac patients are nervous at first when they hear they have a cardiac problem. It scared me too. But, I'm 74, have a great quality of life and plan on being around for a long time. I am monitored closely because of HCM, a chronic incurable problem, so I feel on top of it and know they will detect things earlier with greater attention to heart functions being monitored now. BUT, if you feel apprehensive, my suggested plan would be to see a second cardiologist to confirm the diagnosis and prognosis. It may calm you down to know two experts are saying the same thing, or may give you a new perspective on exactly where you stand. Can't hurt. Wishing you the best. Sending cyber hugs.

  • Tammyjo
    Tammyjo, November 20,  2020  7:58am EST

    Thank you so much. I see another cardiologist on monday. I have been working hard to "revearse" the LVH. I walk 3xs a day and have reduced my weight by 30lbs so far. I guess the thing for me, is the symptoms. It's hard to enjoy things when you are short of breath. Because I dont have high blood pressure I am not sure what if anything they can do about the symptoms. Will they go away?? 

  • Caroline65
    Caroline65, November 28,  2020  2:18pm EST

    Please do not be afraid of lifestyle changes, for it benefits you and a longer life. It can also put other health issues off, like severe heart problems and diabetes. It can also help you lose weight and maintian a healthy weight. And being active has so many benefits, a healthy heart, stronger heart muscle and builds up your lungs and cardio vascular system. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose by walking and doing other cardio. You can do it 3 to 5 times a week. Housework is a cardio-vascular workout, clean the yard, and walking. Try it, you may like it.

  • Tammyjo
    Tammyjo, November 28,  2020  3:43pm EST

    Thank you. I have lost about 30lbs and have changed my diet. I just want the shortness of breath to go away. I mean, it has gotten a lot better but it sometimes stops me from having a good time or enjoying things. 

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, November 30,  2020  8:51am EST

    Way to go on the 30 lbs!!!! What does your doctor say about the continued shortness of breath? Is there any way it could be attributed to something else like allergies or ashma? It might be worth a discussion to see if there is something else treatable that is causing it. Thanks Katie

  • Tammyjo
    Tammyjo, December 1,  2020  7:39am EST

    They have said it could be because I am anemic. Plus I am on a blood thinner. I have been anemic for a while. I am taking all my meds. I dont know why it's taking so long for the shortness of breath to stop. My levels just reached 10 since September. I have heard it could take months before its normal again. I get so scared. I just want the shortness of breath to stop. It hinders me. 

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