Heart Faliure Basics: What was your diagnosis?

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-09-18 23:39:44 -0500
Started 2011-07-04 10:30:12 -0500

I have had the opportunity to communicate with a number of docs and researchers on heart related issues. One of my favorites is Dr. Richard N. Fogoros because of the way he thinks, writes, and his broad cardiological background (although, I told him I liked him better when he had a mustache like me, lol).

Heart Failure (HF) is a big topic at Heart Connect so I recently posted his primer on heart failure and recommend it to everyone to get a better understanding of HF, its different types, and its latest treatments.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/264...

I think it would be helpful if community members started by simply replying here with their specific HF diagnosis and any other useful info like how they were diagnosed and what treatments they are on.

The more we know, the more we can help each other! We can also start to branch out into more specific areas. This is just more of what I preach as Informed, Self-directed Healthcare (ISH)!

HH


4 replies

raven2005
raven2005 2011-09-10 19:39:01 -0500 Report

Recently told I have an EFI of 20%. Cause currently unknown and seeing Cardio on 20 Sept to figure out a course of action, whether it be meds or an implanted defib etc. And so you know, Cleveland Clinic has an amazing Cardiac section for anyone that would like to take a gander.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-09-18 23:37:15 -0500 Report

raven,

Yes, the Cleveland Clinic is among the best. I refer people to them often. If anyone can help you they can! Now, get that ejection fraction up!

HH

nananroark
nananroark 2011-09-18 10:40:05 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply. My grandmother is 89 and does not wish to have any surgeries. She is on meds for all of her current conditions. They are keeping her in the jhospital over the weekend because they can't figure out why she is having difficulty breathing. Her x-rays show her lungs to be clear at this time and her blood work came back normal. Her blood pressure was the only thing that was of concern. I guess I am just concerned for her. I don't know what to expect as far as how much time she has left with us.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-09-18 23:39:44 -0500 Report

nana,

That is a tough situation. Talk to the docs about your grandmother's prognosis and ask them to be honest with you! Yu cannot do everything so just do what you can and cherish the time left.

HH

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