I guess bad hearts run in my family. Both grandfathers, 2 uncles, and my mother died due to heart complications. My father had quadruple bypass and my uncle had 4 stents. So it should not have come as any surprise when I had to have open heart and had a 6 artery by pass in July 2003. It was a success and I resumed normall activities for the next 13 years and exercised by walking 5 miles per day. In early 2016, I noticed that I was short of breath and could hardly walk up my drive way. My doctor diagnosed me with Afib, then did an echo and found my EF was 33. In April of 2016 had an ICD implanted and after a year of medication and the ICD my EF was 39. Then dosage on some of medications was changed, my ACE inhibitor (Lisinipril) was upped and not long after my problens started. Extreme shortness of breath, listliness, sleepless nights, sleeping almost in vertical standing position resulted in a short stay in the hospital. I was able to lose 10 pounds of water weight. Medication changed to Entresto and now I feel normal again. Learning to take life a little slower, rest when tired, and learned to say no to extreme physical activity. It is learning curve and something that has to happen everyday.
My attitude is to take it one day at time and enjoy the day for what it is. Do not worry about anything I have no control over and control the things I can, within reason. Enjoy family and friends even more.