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Non-Ischemic Dialated Cardiomyopathy
Hi everyone, I'm a 61 year old male, and I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in late 2019, with an enlarged left ventricle, left bundle branch block, and an EF of 33%. During this time I was fairly active, hiking, biking and cross country skiingand doing a rigorous spin class twice a week, but I would still get winded after climbing a single flight of stairs and I would occasionally get dizzy and light headed. In August 2020, I lost consciousness and collapsed while I was walking to the kitchen. When I came to I was crumpled on the floor in great pain as I had broken my ankle in the fall. Docs thought I had gone into V-fib, so along with fixing my ankle they installed an ICD to shock me if V-fib happens again and to help my right and left ventricles pump in unison. Now is Christmas 2020 and I feel better with less fatigue, my EF is up to 48% and I've only been shocked once so far. Maintaining moderate exercise, eating healthy and loosing weight, keeping on my meds and doing Cardiac Rehab twice a week. I'm hopeful for further improvement and no more surprises.
AHAModerator, December 26, 2020 3:30pm EST
Thank you for sharing your experience with the community.
I can imagine this must be very frustrating for you, but it sounds like you are doing better. Good to hear about your exercise, eating, and weight loss - great job!!
We're hopeful for further improvement and no surprises as well!
Keep us updated on your progress!
The AHA Team