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Harwell88, December 8,  2020  10:02am EST

Heart failure and low EF at 32

Hello I'm new and nervous, so I have heart failure and a low EF 15-20%, so about 2 months ago I started getting shortness of breath and couldn't lay down or much even walk 3 ft with out sounding like I ran 30 miles, so here about 7 days ago I had enough went into the er thinking I had caught covid and just dealing with the aftermath that's where I was wrong and my world go shook up, so at the ER I had the heart cath, the heart ultra sound, stress test done and the results was I had heart failure with a low ef that was backing blood up on my lungs , I'm now at home with meds and Zoll life vest that I'm Trying to get used to please ask any questions u may have thank you 

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, December 10,  2020  8:40am EST

    Good morning, I am so very sorry that you are having to manage all of this, all at once. I can share the information we have on heart failure with you. How are you doing with the life vest? I want to share with you this really cool new Impact Map with you. It's a digital collection of all the survivor stories we have gathered throughout the last few years. There are a few stories on the map that include people using life vests as a part of their treatment program. It might be an inspirational read for you. 

    Please know that we are here to listen and support you through this time. Best Katie


  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, December 10,  2020  7:52pm EST

    As difficult as it was for you to have been given this diagnosis, it's fortunate that your condition was discovered and you are being treated. Remember that we have excellent treatments for heart conditions and those treatments are always getting better. This is also true for medications. Now that you are being treated, ask about cardiac rehab. This is a good way to help you on your road to recovery. I have advocated this often and I have recently read a medical document that emphasized the importance of cardiac rehab for heart patients. Ask your cardiologist.

    Wishing you all the best in your recovery!


  • heny1961
    heny1961, December 16,  2020  8:21am EST

    Hi talk to my doctor last night after I had my test and my EF is aroun 30% he wants me to have a pace maker. I would like to try the same zero gravity chair that you did. I really appreciate if you send me the brand name that you are using. I am looking to buy une. Thank you! 


  • mar1060
    mar1060, December 28,  2020  12:24am EST

    Hi Harrell,

    I’m newly diagnosed also, EF 20%. I’m home two weeks on several medications and the Zoll life vest as well. I was in disbelief about my diagnosis. I’ve had high blood pressure controlled with medication but no previous heart issues. I’m 60 and thought I was too young for congestive heart failure but see you are much, much younger than I. I feel much better after they gave me Lasix for the fluid on my lung. How are you feeling two months later?


  • REC84
    REC84, December 29,  2020  8:49pm EST

    I'm sorry to hear this. As I spouse of someone who was diagnosed with HF this year I know how shocking and upsetting this can be. My husband's EF% was 21% and with medications, 6 months later it is up to 48%! Its so scary but they have come so far with medications and devices that can help.

  • Cwell
    Cwell, December 29,  2020  9:03pm EST

    Hello Harwell88,I can understand all that you are experiencing. I'm wearing at life vest also. It is a life changing event and I'm dealing with it through my faith GOD. Wishbone all the best

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