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Azartist, January 29,  2021  7:32pm EST

Shortness of Breath

Hi All! I haven't posted in quite a while. Life has been pretty good since my ICD implant in August, and continued Cardio therapy. My EF has been steadily rising... all good. But I've noticed that I still get short of breath quite easily. Mainly doing regular things, like tying my shoes... I have to pause quite a bit to breathe... feels like I ran a mile! It's weird, because I can go a couple miles on the bike or treadmill, and although I am breathing harder while doing these exercises, it's not as hard as walking up a flight of stairs or bending over to stick a plug in a socket (which I have my wife do now because I get so winded. 
Can anyone relate to what I'm describing? My cardiologist is baffled, and has ordered a new echo, a chest X-ray, and another stress test. I assumed that if the EF came up, that meant that the heart was getting stronger?

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, January 30,  2021  12:15pm EST

    Good Morning,

    Thank you for reaching out to the Patient Support Network. I am so sorry to hear you are experiencing shortness of breath, I understand that can feel frustrating at times. While I am not a medical professional, I encourage you to continue to work with your cardiac care team, interact with the Patient Support Network, and check out resources like this one for Living With Your Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. Please keep us updated with your progress!

    Best Wishes,

    AHA Moderator

  • Gmccanna
    Gmccanna, February 7,  2021  11:16pm EST

    Azartist, sorry to hear your having troubles, but happy to know your EF is getting better.  I'm not a doctor, but I care and pray that you find your answers.  

    Also, please let us know if you find anything.


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