having chronic chfThe new dr there
I am 60 years old and have chronic chf. When I was diagnosed I lived in New JErsey and was in my 40's. It was in the 90's/ I had two leaking valves the mitral and tricuspid valves. I also had a very slow heartrate. My heart was enlarged. One night I could not fall asleep. I was having a lot of pain and felt like I was drowning when I laid down. I could barely breathe. Luckily we lived 5 minutes from the hospital and my husband took me there. They told me I had heart fialure. I was released after two days, but then the next day when i was to go for a stress test at my drs office I began having the same syptoms. My cardiologist told me to come over still he wanted to see me but obviously i was not having the stress test. When we got there he told me I had to go to Robert Wood Johnson hospital that a doctor was there waiting for me. We got there and I spent the next 4 days in that hospital. they implanted a defribrillator a few months later. I then moved to Pennsylvania. While there I began having chf episodes still. The new doctor there told me i needed a pacemaker not a defibrillator so they impanted it. It was doing 47% of the work. My heart rate was down to 29 when they put it in. The first pacemaker lasted 5 years not the normal ten. I had my second pacemaker implanted in feb 2015. At that time I also had to have one of my leads replaced because it was defective. Noow I have a pacemaker that is being monitored because it too cna eb defective. Just my luck. this time I knew when I went into it though that I will only get 5 years from it if it doesn't become defective. It is now doing 99 % of the work for my heart. BEsides this I also have Post polio sequelae which is aftereffects from the polio virus. This limits my mobility and ability to do any exercises. I am overweight and need to lose weight but with no exercising its hard to do with just diet alone. With all this going on I was able to help my sister when she described some symptoms to me one day. I told her go to the hospital it sounds like CHF and it was. She also has it. Not as severe as mine. Neither one o fus have any blockages nor have we had a heart attack. Its all genetics.