Mar 28
terib7137 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

right heart failure

I had a mild heart attack at age 49, 2 years ago due to hypoxia from bilateral pneumonia. I am a nurse and because of this I now want to specialize in cardiac nursing. I read many of your stories and I now more than ever want to help patients with cardiac conditions. Your stories were all so touching. I have decided to go back to school to further my degree and I am now attending Perdue University. I have a paper to write for my pathophysiology class and decided to write it on right sided heart failure. I anyone is experiencing this, firstly, I am so sorry, I would like to find out some more information about what you have experienced, such as, when you were diagnosed, what were your first symptoms, what age were you at time of diagnosis and what medications are you prescribed and are they helping you. Also how is this affecting your life. This will give me some first hand insight on how I can better prepare myself to help my patients suffering with this awful disease. I would so appreiate any feed back and thank you so much.
  • jrivera36
    Congratulations on returning to school and helping out cardiac patients. A good nurse is what we need! I have both right and left side heart failure. Not sure if that fits in your scope. If so, feel free to private message and I will be happy to help out. Best of luck to you!
  • mingo1
    I had my heart attack in 1993 and it was a big one. The widow maker as my LAD was totally blocked and they could not even think of trying to open it up. My other arteries were good. Three months later I had an ICD/pacemaker and have had six replacements over the years. I have had a EF of 28% since the attack. Due to many shocks and up to 20 in a few hours on two occasions, I have had four ablations for AFIB and VFIB. I am currently on Amioderone, Lisinopril, cardioval, baby aspirin, hydroxine for panic attacks, simivastin and gabapentin for leg pain. Also take probiotic and vitamins. I have done just about everything since 1993 and do get tired at times now, but at 69, expect that. I see an electrophysiologist twice a year and usually have a MUGA test along with an echo. I also have a home Medtronics monitor that watches my heart and I can send a strip fax if feeling poorly. I have also lost around 140 lbs. since 1996 and have had seven hip replacements, eight inch rods/screws/cages in my back, two severed Achilles tendons, stomach surgery, dislocated clavicle, melanoma removal, several bouts of pneumonia and valley fever. With all this, I am still living a full life and my old, beat up heart keeps hanging in there. I meditate, color and stay busy to avoid depression due to the fact that my doctor told me that I might need a transplant, but at 69, getting somewhat old to be on the list. BUT, I LIVE STRONG. Hope this helps.
  • AHA/ASA Sarah Ismail
    AHA/ASA Sarah Ismail,
    Congrats on all the great work that you are doing! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your quest with us! Wishing you all the best, Sarah
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