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Hello, I am 36 and a mother of three young kids. Never smoked. Always active and exercised regularly. Eat a well balanced diet of raw vegetables, fruits, whole grains, eggs, and white meats. No health issues like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure -- nothing. Perfectly healthy.
It was quite a shock to learn that my recent extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pains, weight loss, and numbness in legs is due to heart failure. My EJ is 35%.
I feel cheated. I did everything "right". It makes me angry at times. Sad at times. And overwhelmed.
AHAModerator, May 1, 2021 10:40pm EST
Thank you for joining the Support Network and sharing your experience. We are glad you are here and I am sorry to hear you are going through all of this. We hope you find a sense of community and support here as you hear from others on the support network. In the meantime, I can share some resources on Mental Health and Well-Being and Ejection Fraction.
Please keep us updated on how you are doing!
Lh1964, May 3, 2021 12:56pm EST
Hello, I'm relatively new to this too. I was diagnosed with HFrEF in Oct 2019. I had been realizing breathing issues for most of that calendar year after being diagnosed twice with pneumonia. When all the breathing meds and treatments were not making a difference, they sent me for an Echocardiogram, where my heart condition was identified. I worked so hard at the Cardiac Rehab, but my EF never got better--stayed at 30%.
I had a defibrilator implanted in July 2020. My last Echo showed 40-45% EF. Some improvement but still have many days with fatigue.
I notice new side effects all the time! I got sicker over the winter when it got cold. Now I'm feeling more fatigued as it's getting warmer.
I weigh myself every day. One day I'm down a pound, the next day I'm up a pound. I just want to be down every day! ;]
Thanks to everyone who reads or responds, since it's nice to just share! Good luck.
JamesPL, May 5, 2021 6:06pm EST
I know the feeling. When I was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, I was shocked. I wasn't eating as healthy as you but my eating habits were certainly not bad. I also exercised religiously (still do) to the tune of regular half-marathon training, bike riding and weight training. And I had no family history. When I asked my surgeon how this happened since I've taken care of myself he replied "we tell people to lose the weight, stop smoking and exercise...all of which you are currently doing". So yes I was shocked when I was told three of my main arteries were severely blocked requiring a quintuple bypass.
As difficult as it is, we have to accept what was given us and keep persevering. The best thing you can do is to follow your health care professional's directive and continue to live a healthy life style. I renewed my exercise program as soon as I was able to. I have also been taking statins and a low dose aspirin as prescribed. I had never wanted to take any prescription drugs prior but I'm following my cardiologist's advice. I trust her. I think it is important to have faith in your health care professionals and continue to follow their guidance.
I wish you all the best and please update us!