Hello all. I am new to the community as well as to heart failure. After losing my job in October of last year I went into a downward spiral. I had planned on killing myself in my 25th birthday which was coming up soon. I planned it all out and started leaving daily countdown type journal entries. When it came time I just could go through with it. I moved in with my mom and continued on the path of depression. My diet was terrible and I wasn't leaving the house. I am obese and I was correcting that up until I lost my job. Things were going great. I was on a healthy diet and exercising everyday. Cut to mid January and I had an Echo that showed an EF of 10%. I received the news and was hospitalized. They removed 4 liters of fluid from my lungs and I still retained almost 100 pounds of water in my stomach tissue. They did an ultrasound and found they couldn't drain it. It got so bad it was leaking through my pores in my stomach. I started seeing a cardiologist as well as the Heart Failure Clinic at IMC in Murray, Utah. I ended up being hospitalized again so they could pump me full of antibiotics and Torsemide. The Lasix didn't do it for me. It was the second hospitalization where I made the most progress. I lost over 100 pounds in a little over a week with the new meds and felt great. Cut to today (I have many more stories to tell) I am now on 50 MG of Carvedilol, 100 MG of Torsemide, 50 MG of Spironolactone, 20 MG of Lisinopril, and 81 MG of Aspirin. Add to the heart meds my meds for bipolar II, Wellbutrin and Prozac, I am on a buffet of prescriptions and I am not even 26. I hope find support and inspiration here as well as hopefully provide some.
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