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Peskygnat, October 23,  2020  8:21pm EST

Newly diagnosed (almost

I am kinda newly diagnosed with CHF. I had foot fusion surgery on September 04. One week later on my first post op visit I suffered a pulmonary embolism. Spent time in the ICU My ejection fraction at that time went down to 35-39%. About a month later I had a echocardiogram done now the ejection fraction is down to 25-30 %. If you see the attached report you can see what they say now. It basically says that I have a shunt in my heart! Did I read that right? Is this a easy fix? I'm asking because my appointment with the cardiologist is not until November 17; I've call and asked to be put on the cancellation list so I can move my appointment up but no call yet. What do y'all think about the results? Am I ok for a bit?

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  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, October 25,  2020  10:15am EST

    These are really questions only doctors can answer. But you shouldn't work yourself into a panic as that will not help you. If your condition was that which required a more aggresive treatment, they would have scheduled an appointment sooner. Meanwhile it doesn't hurt to continue to try and contact your cardiologist to ask those same questions for your own peace of mind. After I was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, my anxiety was a little overwhelming so I did have a phone conversation with my cardiologist. Although she didn't play down the seriousness of my condition, she reassured me that it was treatable and I could eventually resume a normal life. So until you know more, please remain as calm as you can.

    Wishing you well!


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