Feb 16
LynnD
LynnD , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Diastolic Heart Failure

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I started having chest pains in the late 80's and had all the usual tests done by a cardiologist, only to be told they could not find anything wrong with my heart. There is a strong family history of heart disease in my family and I knew something was not right.

I continued to have chest pain of and on for the next 30 years, but every test was always negative until 2014 when an EKG showed an abnormal rhythm. So back I went to a new cardiologist and more testing - of course, all the tests were normal. Then in 2015, I started having a very hard time breathing and having chest pain, so I made an appointment with my cardiologist who thought the problem was with my lungs and not my heart.

Off to the pulmonologist I went but she said she thought the problem was with my heart. Back and forth I went over the next few months until my pulmonologist said she was going to call the cardiologist and recommend he do a cardiac MRI. However, the following week I had to be rushed to the hospital for chest pain and shortness of breath. The doctors at the hospital gave me IV Lasix and pulled three liters of fluid from my lungs. They also performed the cardiac MRI and found out that I have diastolic heart failure or heart failure with a positive ejection fraction. Unlike congestive heart failure, my heart pumps fine but it does not relax like it should resulting in the same symptoms as CHF.

I'm grateful to my doctors for digging deeper and finding the uncommon cause of my chest pain and finding a treatment that helps me stay out of the hospital.

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