How did you react to your diagnosis?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2012-03-28 08:54:02 -0500
Started 2012-02-14 17:11:36 -0600

Getting a diagnosis of heart disease another heart related condition can be very nerve racking. Your heart runs your body and if it isn't working correctly, that could be great reason for concern. How did you react when you recieved the news?

Tags: diagnosis

19 replies

Te Ja
Te Ja 2012-03-18 14:36:17 -0500 Report

Shocked, fear, scared, but at the turn around of this I am now the healthest I've ever been. I know there will be surgery in the future but right I focused on staying strong and healthly for my family. I have lost family members to heart related diseases so I know the out come if I do not take this serious.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-03-18 23:23:46 -0500 Report

Te Ja,

Better all around health is often the silver lining in a devastating diagnosis. If we all stick together we can be the bad stuff too!

HH

berrykins0
berrykins0 2012-03-15 13:01:58 -0500 Report

well we have high blood pressure in our family history on both sides so iwasnt surprised plus i have diabetes and that's also in our family history both sides and i have issues with my thyriod ihave went from hypothyriod to hyperthyriod now my thyriod is considered functioning normal range no pills needed for hypothyriod for now.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-03-16 01:16:42 -0500 Report

berry,

Yeah, sounds typical. High BP, diabetes, thyroid are the big 3, non-cholesterol issues that contribute. Watch that thyroid. What many docs consider normal is not. A TSH greater than 2 coul dsignal a problem. The most important thyroid test is Free T3. If that is low then you may be hypothyroid!

HH

berrykins0
berrykins0 2012-03-24 08:34:21 -0500 Report

my thyriod test were all normal in february needs to be checked once yr at least.tsh was 0.50.

tankmom
tankmom 2012-03-27 09:41:55 -0500 Report

mbueno - I just read your above post and wish you the very best with your baby. Nothing hurts like seeing your child suffer. Thank God for the modern medicine we have today. God gives us so many gifts everyday and we don't realize it until later. May He carry you through and I will keep your family in my ptayers. God bless

mbueno
mbueno 2012-03-28 08:54:02 -0500 Report

Thank you. It is amaizing what modern medicine can do now days. twenty or some years ago kids with hypoplastic Left ventricle syndrome did not survive at all and now days they have a very good chance of survival. We don't know how long but it is better than before. Thank you again for your prayers. I will keep you posted of what is going on with my daugther.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-03-25 22:41:52 -0500 Report

berry,

Yes, but again, it is the Free T3 that's most important. If that one is good you should be OK!

HH

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2012-02-27 12:43:05 -0600 Report

Terror would about say it. Not knowing if there would be tomorrow, not knowing if I would be around for my wife and kids. There were a lot of bad days along with some good days. 8 years later I try to focus on what I have and what I can do and not on what has happened to me. I learned a long time ago that if something is going to happen there is nothing we can do to change it. Now I do everything I can to make sure I'm around for my family. I have a son getting married in about 2 months and another getting married in about a year, I have 2 beautiful granddaughters and I plan on being around to see them get married. I found that education is the best thing we can do, learn as much as possible and then live by it. The good days over took the bad day a long time ago. I still have some bad days because of some of the other health problems I have, but now I focus on life and not on death. Together we can beat anything.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-02-28 00:42:50 -0600 Report

Lenny,

Good to hear from you again and thanks for adding your voice. "Terror" is a pretty good word. It sums up what you feel when a sudden deathly threat jumps up in front of you. You also note what must be done - confront it -learn as much as you can, look for allies, and beat it back.

Yes, there will still be bad days and perhaps a little depression. But here are also the wins to offset the losses.

HH

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2012-02-29 07:12:08 -0600 Report

Good to be back. I did have some depression even before I got out of the hospital. They told me I might have to wait to go home because of a blood infection and it really tore me up. Not only did I have the heart problem now, they tell me I have something else on top of that. I have to admit it brought tears to my eys. Since then I have learned how to deal with adversity a little better. As you may have seen I was diagnosed back in the early 70's with Crohn's. They are telling me that after all these years it may be raising it's ugly head again. So once again I have another challange to deal with. But because of what has happened in the past I can deal a little better than before. So again, some bad days and some good days.

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2012-03-01 08:11:10 -0600 Report

Hey HH - first off I am not wheat free, but I may become wheat free soon. Thanks for the article, I might explain a lot. I see both my GI Dr and a Infection Specialist next week, the GI dr for tha crohn's and the Infection dr for a Group B Strep infection. I will start asking a lot more questions. What they say in the article makes sense. Thanks!!!

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-03-02 00:40:20 -0600 Report

Lenny,

Doc Davis is visionary I have known and worked with him for over 5 years. I have almost laughed at some of his ideas only to have to later eat my words. The guy is uncanny, almost like a Nostradamus of health. The guy is so far ahead of the curve he is hard to keep up with. Meeting with him again tomorrow about some anti-diabetic stuff. Will probably end up as a guinea pig for some proprietary formulation he has dreamed up, lol! Of course, once I read the scientific studies it is based on it makes a ton of sense.

HH

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-02-24 23:09:30 -0600 Report

Jeanette,

I felt frantic, depressed, feeling like I had stick of dynamite in my chest ready to explode without a moments notice. Bad, nasty days! Then I "woke up" and vowed to take control! The rest is history. We didn't have sites like Alliance Health back then. Wish we did!

HH

mbueno
mbueno 2012-02-15 17:05:59 -0600 Report

Well when my husband and I recieved the news about our three year old heart condition when she was born we were in shock. She was diagnose with Hypo Plastic Left Ventricle Syndrome. My Gynecologist did not see it on the ultrasounds that were done. My daugther's heart surgeon said it should been cought but unfortunately it was not. I have not gonne back to my old gynecologist not even when I got pregnant again it was such a surprise! Anyways we were in shock most of the time, while she was at Children's Hospital in Omaha for six and a half weeks. I remember that I could not cry I just couldn't. Now its a diferent story I cry very easily when I see her sick. It is a hard thing to go through not knowing if your child its going to make it or not. Her heart surgeon said that we had two things that were good for us that she was a girl and that she was a newborn that they seem to be stronger than boys. Sorry guys thats what he said. I still remember seeing her struggle for breath and seeing her on the ventilator soo many days. She got her first open heart surgery done when she was three days old. Her second heart surgery was done when she was six months old. Now she is three. And we have had soo many ups and downs but she is a strong girl like her mom! Jaja. Next month she will see her Cardiologist and then they will decide when she will have her next heart cath then if everything looks good she will have her third heart surgery some time in Apriil or May.

It is not easy. It is the hardest thing I have ever done watching my little girl figthing for her life. It is a hard thing to deal with but what does not kill you only makes you stronger. We still have a long way to go but we take it one day at a time.

J Kate
J Kate 2012-02-15 17:17:41 -0600 Report

I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through. It is easier to go through it yourself than watch your child suffer. I feel your pain. Best of luck, keep us updated.