I am a 55 year old special education teacher. Almost two years ago I was teaching my students and felt a heaviness in my chest and a pain down my arm. I felt I couldn't catch my breath. I told myself I was just making myself anxious and that's why the symptoms were getting worse. I was embarrassed to tell my principal I thought I was having a heart attack. Finally I did. A co worker drove me to the hospital. They did not find the enzymes that should be present if you have a heart attack. So they sent me for an ecco and stress test. The ecco showed that my heart was too weak for a stess test. They did a heart cath and everything was clear. After 5 days in the hospital they decided I had takotsubo cardiomyopathy(broken heart syndrome). I was in good health prior but had many emotional events take place so this was the most logical explanation.
However, my last ecco a couple of months ago showed an ejection fraction of 35% even though I have been taking Metoprolol and blood pressure and cholesterol meds. My mother died of conjestive heart failure at 72 years old as did her mother in her 50's. So now they think the stress caused the takotsubo but the takotsubo caused the congestive heart failure that I may have gotten later in life to arrive sooner. So now I am taking Entresto and will start cardiac rehab next week. I am hoping my ejection fraction improves.
I am very anxious about dying. I have three kids in their 20's and want to live to see grandchildren. I came across this website and thought it might be a good way to ease my anxiety by learning more and reaching out and hopefully helping others.
Good luck on your road to recovery and healthy, happy living!