Diagnosed with heart failure with PEF
My name is Lorraine. I am 45 and was just dignosed last January with congestive heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. I had a heart attack at the age of 34. My symptoms were real mild, I had nausea and I was sweating like I have never in my life. I knew something was not right though. I ended up in the hospital and having 2 stents placed and came home a couple of days later. Since then I have lived in fear and have had horrible anxiety. A few years ago I came out of relationship that broke my heart to pieces. Shortly after, I started to have issues with dizziness, nausea and just not feeling good. I have slight swelling in my ankles and I am finding it hard to exercise because I get tired very easily. I went to several cardiologist and went to the hospital several times scared to death thinking I was having another heart attack. Everytime I was monitored and sent home. Finally I went to my current cardiologist and he agreed to put me in for a left and right sided cardiac cath because the complaints and hospital visits went on for 2 years. He discovered my stents looked good but that I had congestive heart failure. I was in shock, still am. I still experience the weird feelings of anxiety, dizziness and not feeling well. Now my cardiologist says he does not think it is from the heart failure or cardiac at all. I am so lost. I am currently on beta blockers, blood thinners and diuretics for the heart failure and stents, I am still searching to feel better. Never give up hope and keep fighting, I have 3 kids to live for and I want to see my grandkids. I will keep searching until I find the answer. My body is my shell and I know something is not right. This was my story yet I am still in search of answers.